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Schola Cantorum launches new season of old favorites Oct. 23

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral group, embarks on its 52nd season with a series of performances highlighting the old and the new.

In planning the season, Music Director Gregory Wait said he wanted audience members to revisit their youth through remembered favorites and discover something new from established composers.


Community Briefs

Fed Women to hear about Green Pastures

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Maria Powery to speak at its Oct. 7 meeting at Michael’s at Shoreline, 2970 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m. followed by lunch at noon and the Powery’s program at 1 p.m. Powery is the administrator at Green Pastures, a state-licensed Christian group home in Mountain View. The facility provides 24-hour care for six children with disabilities.


Award-winning author Jantzen to visit Linden Tree in Los Altos

Award-winning children’s book author Doug Jantzen is scheduled to read and sign copies of his debut picture book, “Henry Hyena, Why Won’t You Laugh,” 11 a.m. Oct. 11 at Linden Tree Children’s Books in Los Altos.

Jantzen’s anti-bullying story about a young hyena who loses his laugh beat out thousands of other hopefuls in 2013 to win the General Mills/Simon & Schuster New Author Contest, which gives aspiring writers a chance to realize their dream of being published. “Henry Hyena, Why Won’t You Laugh” was released earlier this summer and recently featured on boxes of Cheerios as part of the Cheer on Reading program to support early literacy.


LAH History Committee presents tales of the Taaffes: one of town's first families

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills History Committee
The Taaffe family, pictured in this vintage photo, established roots in the Santa Clara Valley area that later became known as Los Altos Hills.

When Elizabeth Yuba Murphy married William Post Taaffe in 1862, her father gave the couple a 2,800-acre stock and grain ranch, part of what would one day be known as Los Altos Hills. Based on the town’s present-day median home price of $5 million and its 1-acre residential-lot minimum restrictions, that wedding gift would be worth an estimated $14 billion today.

“If they only knew what kind of present they were getting,” said Linda Taaffe, the couple’s great-great-granddaughter.


Rotary Club of Los Altos speaker spreads Super Bowl 50 fever

Lina Broydo/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos Rotarians David Smith, left, and Jerry Moison flank Super Bowl 50 Host Committee member David Perry after Perry’s Sept. 3 talk.

With Super Bowl 50 scheduled Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, David Perry of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Sept. 3, promising a superlative event at the “most advanced and eco-friendly” stadium ever built.

The first Super Bowl was played in California, and the event will mark its golden anniversary in the Golden State. A golden 50-yard-line marker will grace the turf, and the committee will celebrate the legends of the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers, regardless of whether either team plays in this year’s Super Bowl.


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