St. Nicholas celebrates retirement of two longtime staff members

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St. Nicholas Catholic School eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser, left, and librarian/reading resource teacher Mary O’Shea, right, are retiring at the end of the school year. The St. Nicholas community has scheduled a party to commemorate the service of the longtime educators.

As the school year comes to a close at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills, the school community will bid farewell to two longtime staff members – school librarian and reading resource teacher Mary O’Shea and eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser.


LASD students show their athletic prowess at Junior Olympics Saturday

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Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders clear the hurdles in a previous Junior Olympics. This year’s event is scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 56th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s physical education program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.


K-Kids still collecting eyeglasses

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Loyola K-Kids members sort the eyeglasses they collected before sending them to Direct Relief International for distribution.

The Loyola School K-Kids Club, sponsored by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club, continues to collect eyeglasses for their “Share Old Spectacles” drive. The students hope to collect more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses during this year’s campaign.

The K-Kids Club, comprising second- through sixth-graders, has collected more than 8,000 pairs of glasses in nine years with help from the public and local store- owners who have offered space for collection buckets.


LAHS hosts Color Fun Run

Los Altos High School is scheduled to host the 5K Color Fun Run Saturday to raise funds for the school’s athletic programs.

The fundraiser will include three different events – the 5K Community Run, the 5K Costume Run for students and a festival on the quad with children’s games.


LAYT joins with SF Shakespeare on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

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The cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” includes, from left, Elise Cording (as Puck), Rosie Asmar (Bottom) and Fiona McMahon (Titania).

Los Altos Youth Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival are collaborating on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” with performances scheduled through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater.

The William Shakespeare play chronicles the complex events connected to Theseus’s marriage to Hippolyta. It features four confused lovers – Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius – and several fairies.


Writers Week features graphic novelist

Mariko Tamaki, this year’s featured Los Altos High School Writers Week Community Read speaker, is slated to appear 7 p.m. Thursday in Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Tamaki is author of the graphic novel “This One Summer” (First Second, 2014). The Caldecott Honor book, which Tamaki created with her artist sister Jillian, demonstrates the artistry and literary sophistication of the genre and should appeal to readers ages 14 and up. She also wrote the young adult novels “(You) Set Me on Fire” (Razorbill, 2014) and “Saving Montgomery Sole,” scheduled for publication in April.


"HAIRGEL" performance scheduled Saturday

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The cast of “HAIRGEL,” a Youth Drama for All production, rehearses a scene last week in preparation for Saturday’s performances.


Youth Drama for All’s cast of students, ranging from kindergartners to high schoolers, is scheduled to perform “HAIRGEL” 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.


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