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Symphony to end bumpy season on high note


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Peninsula Symphony closes out its season with a free concert in Los Altos Saturday.

Peninsula Symphony is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. The free performance is part of the city’s annual Summer Concert Series.

Comprising 105 volunteer musicians, the symphony will perform a program with the theme “Way Out West,” featuring popular songs from famous Western productions like Richard Rodgers’ “Oklahoma!” and Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo.” According to organizers, the musicians will sport cowboy hats and bandannas to support the theme and create a fun, family environment. Despite their casual appearance at the laid-back event, interim Executive Director Andrea Temkin said the symphony’s repertoire is “actually one of their more challenging programs.”

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Boardwalk bids farewell: Los Altos staple closes after 38 years


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Patrons party at The Boardwalk on the Los Altos’ mainstay’s final night in business.

Los Altos’ go-to spot for children’s birthday parties, postgame celebrations and the late-night crowd is no more. After 38 years of operation, The Boardwalk closed its doors June 4.

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Backyard brush has potential to spark fires


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Regional brush and weed abatement programs encourage home- owners to create defensible spaces, illustrated above. Clearing debris can prevent fires from spreading to adjacent properties.

Drought has accelerated the start of fire season, prompting authorities to issue a reminder to local residents: Don’t brush aside the responsibility of keeping yards free of dangerous fuels that could feed flames.

“It’s starting much earlier than last year,” said Duffy Price, president of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District. “We want to make sure that all of Los Altos Hills and the unincorporated areas take it seriously.”

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New nonprofit aims to elevate schools dialogue

Local residents have launched a nonprofit organization that vows to promote strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and transparency in the Los Altos School District.

Comprising parents and other voting residents in the district, Each Student Counts defines itself as a 501(c)(4) organization – a nonprofit, tax-exempt group formed to promote social welfare causes or local associations. The designation is typically given to civic leagues and political action committees.

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