China's wobbly economy subject of SPARC meeting


The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) has scheduled broadcaster Nan Su to discuss “The Secrets Behind China’s Business Model” 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Su’s presentation is designed to offer Silicon Valley residents inside information on the strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese economic model.


Author of 'Henry Hyena' visits Linden Tree Sunday


Award-winning children’s book author Doug Jantzen is scheduled to read from and sign copies of his debut picture book “Henry Hyena, Why Won’t You Laugh?” 2 p.m. Sunday at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Jantzen’s anti-bullying story about a young hyena who loses his laugh beat out thousands of other entries to win the 2013 General Mills/Simon & Schuster New Author Contest, which offered aspiring writers the opportunity to realize their dreams of being published.


Local real estate group creates scholarship fund for U.S. veterans

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The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors hosted the “Realtors Honor Veterans” event to raise money for its new Veterans Scholarship Fund. Pictured, from left, are Lehua Greenman, Chris Isaacson, Joe Brown, Warren Slocum, Larry Tringali, Steve Trolan, Joe Simitian, Tom Gordon, Bill Weseloh, Mike Frangadakis, Kelly Hutter, Derrick Felton, Bill Moody and Frank Limon.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors saluted U.S. veterans at its “Realtors Honor Veterans” event, held Sept. 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

The event raised more than $37,000 for the SILVAR Veterans Scholarship Fund, a new component of the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation’s focus on education. The fund supports U.S. veterans and dependents of deceased veterans residing in the local trade association’s traditional service area who wish to further their education.


Community Briefs

Nominees sought for volunteer awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Ballet legend headlines Saturday fundraiser

Western Ballet in Mountain View is hosting an appearance by the legendary ballet teacher Nina Novak 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the school, 914 N. Rengstorff Ave. The event, a fundraiser for the ballet, also features Jose Gamero, Carolina Machado-Gamero and Maykel Solas alongside the Western Ballet ensemble.

Novak was an acclaimed ballerina who was spared from a World War II prison camp and later danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 

Tickets are $25, $15 for students. For more information, visit or call (650) 968-4455. 

westernballetAt right, Nina Novak dances with Alexi Zubiria in Paquita in 1982.  

Fall festival brings food and fun to downtown Los Altos this weekend

The 24th annual Los Altos Fall Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

Organized by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the event features arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a classic car show.


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