Peninsula Symphony: Impressions from a first-timer concertgoer

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Peninsula Symphony performs at Hillview Soccer Field in Los Altos June 21.

Peninsula Symphony’s June 21 performance in Los Altos was my first orchestra concert. I am used to seeing hardcore punk concerts and have played in rock bands.

The free show on the Hillview Soccer Field was fabulous. Approximately 500 people attended, many of them picnicking as they listened to the Los Altos-based group.


Community Briefs

Landscape designer discusses drought

Landscape designer Deva Luna is scheduled to discuss “Your Lawn Is Dead, Now What?” 7 p.m. July 9 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Luna will address how to survive the drought and create a water-wise garden via a variety of no-lawn landscaping styles and ideas. Her presentation will cover removing a lawn, selecting climate-adapted native plants and qualifying for landscape rebates.


Successors sought for battery recycling program at library

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Matthew and Peter Farmer seek a successor to continue the battery recycling program.

Local battery recycling appears to be the business of brothers.

Twins Matthew and Peter Farmer, recent graduates of Los Altos High School, have overseen the Battery Recycle Club for the past four years. Another set of brothers, Garrett and Bryce Miller, passed the project down to the Farmers in 2010 after Garrett started the program in 2004 and Bryce succeeded him in 2007.


CSMA hosts U.S.-Japan "Friendship" concert

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Los Altos Hills residents Dr. Gary Cleary and Nobuko Saito Cleary, CSMA’s chairwoman of Japanese programs, helped make the “U.S.-Japan Friendship Special Music Concert” possible.

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has scheduled the “U.S.-Japan Friendship Special Music Concert” July 13 to celebrate the talents of American and Japanese musicians with autism.

The event includes two concert performances – a family concert at 1:30 p.m. and a formal recital at 3:30 p.m. – in Tateuchi Hall on the CSMA campus, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.


Design a Bike event slated Sunday at history museum

Local bike builder Tom Kabat cycles into Los Altos 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for a Design a Bike Workshop at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants can learn how to craft a unique bike using pieces of plywood, scrap metal and discarded bike parts. Participants will use paper silhouettes and Kabat’s low-tech “cardboard-aided design” process to generate a bike design.


Los Altos council accommodates traditional Indian wedding

Courtesy of Saroj Pathak
Groom Anupam Pathak, with ring bearer Shalin Taksali, arrived on horseback to marry Theresa Bruketta June 15.

Tradition prevailed over city regulations when a June 15 wedding at the Los Altos History Museum combined Indian and Western cultures.

The city’s initial hang-up with Anupam Pathak and Theresa Bruketta’s wedding procession, or baraat in Hindi, was the use of a horse. The horse or elephant that carries the groom in the baraat is an integral part of an Indian wedding. The horse is essential to Indian culture, akin to the white dress for the bride in a traditional Western wedding.


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