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Visit to Intuitive Surgical provides 'amazing' field trip


Courtesy of Sophia Thomas
St. Nicholas students Kira Gross, Hannah Lesti and Kayla Piper practice with the instruments during a class visit to Intuitive Surgical to view robotic surgery equipment.

 

Devon Montgomery-Eder is an eighth-grader at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos. Following is his recap of a recent field trip.

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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.

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MVHS band jams with local preschoolers


Alicia Castro/ Town Crier
Preschoolers from the Mountain View Parent Nursery School observe Mountain View High senior AJ Pelayo beat a drum, left.

A group of Mountain View preschoolers March 1 joined the high school band – for an hour, at least.

Mountain View High instrumental music director Jason Kneebone, who leads alongside Dana McDonnell, said the Spartans host 10 different preschool groups throughout each school year.

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


Courtesy of Pati Bristow
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.

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Author visit to Blach captivates students


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Caragh O’Brien shares her experiences as an author with Blach Intermediate School students.

Author Caragh O’Brien spoke at Blach Intermediate School Feb. 23. As a former teacher, she could relate easily to the junior-high students. However, instead of talking to students about her life, she chose to show students how to be creative – how to turn something like a reality TV show into a book.

O’Brien said she couldn’t understand why so many people watched reality TV shows such as “Survivor.” Although it was painful to watch people suffer, inevitably people were drawn to reality TV.

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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.

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"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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