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Foothill hosts preschool performance fundraiser


Courtesy of Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are set to perform Sunday at Foothill College.

Award-winning children’s musician Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players are scheduled to perform a benefit concert for the Mountain View Parent Nursery School 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The Grammy-nominated Roberts is a singer/songwriter who aims to entertain families with humorous and high-energy songs such as “Trick or Treat,” “Willy Was a Whale” and “Pop Fly.” He has appeared on Sprout TV and recently released a picture book, “The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade” (Putnam Juvenile, 2014).

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Local Courtyard by Marriott recognizes Los Altos teachers

The Los Altos Courtyard by Marriott honored 13 local teachers at the inaugural Cares and Shares Award celebration Oct. 16.

The Cares and Shares program recognizes teachers for their hard work, creativity and ability to demonstrate innovation in curriculum creation. The teachers each received $1,000 to be used in the classroom.

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MVLA Speaker Series features parent event

The Mountain View Los Altos Parent Education Speaker Series has scheduled college expert Lynn O’Shaughnessy to discuss “The College Solution: Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

O’Shaughnessy – author of “The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price” (FT Press, 2012) – is a higher-education journalist, consultant and speaker. Her presentation is designed to help families with teenagers, high school counselors and college and financial consultants become smart college shoppers as they search for schools.

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LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


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A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, which kicks off Monday.

Los Altos High School’s ninth annual Science and Technology Week is scheduled to begin Monday. Innovators will visit the campus to discuss careers in Silicon Valley’s high-tech fields with students.

Alameda County Sheriff’s Coroner Dr. Judy Melinek, author of “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” (Scribner, 2014), will serve as keynote speaker. Her presentation, which includes sales and signings of her book, is slated 7-9 p.m. Nov. 3 in Eagle Theater. Melinek’s discussion is free and open to the public.

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Teens stage one-act play festival Friday


Courtesy of City of Mountain View PerForming Arts Committee
The cast of “No Exit” includes, from left, Jordan Rosenberg, Atticus Shaindlin and Jenna Levere.

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View’s Performing Arts Committee have joined forces for the inaugural High School One Act Play Festival, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

According to organizers, the goal of the performance is to promote and support high school students interested in the performing arts.

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Waldorf School hosts fairy-tale event


Courtesy of Waldorf School of the Peninsula
Waldorf School of the Peninsula students, parents and teachers re-create scenes from fairy tales during last year’s Magic Forest Journey.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula has scheduled its annual Magic Forest Journey 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at its Mountain View campus, 180 N. Rengstorff Ave.

Fairy tales come to life through candlelit vignettes performed by teachers, parents and Waldorf fifth-graders. During 30-minute journeys, children stroll along a jack-o’-lantern-lined path as forest fairies and scarecrows dance and Grandfather Twilight sends them home for a night of sweet dreams.

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St. Francis High president plans to retire at end of school year


St. Francis High School President Kevin Makley plans to retire at the end of the school year after nearly 30 years of service.

Makley joined the faculty at St. Francis as director of guidance and counseling in 1985. He subsequently served as director of admissions, director of development, vice principal and vice president before being named president in 1997.

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