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Schola Cantorum performs music of Randall Thompson Saturday

Choral group Schola Cantorum will pay tribute to American composer Randall Thompson with two performances of “Randall Thompson Retrospective,” scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday (May 14) at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto and 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

The Mountain View-based choir will perform “Peaceable Kingdom,” “Frostiana,” “Testament of Freedom” and “The Feast of Praise,” a piece Thompson dedicated to his friend Harold Schmidt, who at the time of the work’s premiere was director of choral activities at Stanford University.

Art + animals = fun downtown weekend

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The Kiwanis Pet Parade draws a crowd to downtown Los Altos.

Downtown Los Altos will be bustling with activity this weekend as local service clubs sponsor two signature events.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 69th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. Saturday on Main and State streets.

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LA Library hosts talk on Sudan

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the presentation “Timeless Sudan” 7-8:30 p.m. June 15 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Bruce Berger and his wife, Pam Perkins, traveled to Sudan last November to explore ancient archaeological sites and current digs, and to meet people from a culture far removed from Silicon Valley. In their presentation, they will discuss how they discovered that Sudan is one of the most ethnically, geographically and culturally diverse countries in Africa, with nomadic influences that blend with antiquities from ancient civilizations.

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he studied Latin for eight years and Greek for five. With a knack for foreign languages, Federici pursued international law after graduating from high school. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctorate in international law from the Universitá Cattolica of Milan and a second doctorate in Spanish from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

Kiwanis Pet Parade set to trot through downtown May 14

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A decked-out Yorkie participates in last year’s Kiwanis Pet Parade. This year’s event, the 69th annual, is scheduled 10 a.m. May 14 in downtown Los Altos.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 69th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. May 14 in downtown Los Altos.

The event showcases pets marching or being toted down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners.

Friendship blossoms at Fine Art in the Park


Terenia Offenbacker and Nicolas Bremeau

They first met two years ago at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

Los Altos Hills resident Terenia Offenbacker is an accomplished painter who studied art education and art history at universities in Europe. Nicolas Bremeau, a curious then-10-year-old boy, was entranced by her paintings and stopped to study them one-by-one.

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