YMCA's inaugural Tour de Hope deemed a success


The El Camino YMCA’s inaugural Tour de Hope cycling fundraiser Aug. 1 generated $4,800 for the nonprofit Hope’s Corner in Mountain View.

Six teams participated in the event, which involved a stationary bike competition among two- and three-person teams trying to pedal the most miles over 90 minutes. The names of winners Vin Wolff and Chris MacAskill will appear on the Tour de Hope Cup, an oversized stainless-steel measuring cup.

A magical family: Chans showcase talents at Los Altos Farmers' Market

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The Chan family performs magic locally and regionally.

Four nights a year, a small garage in Fremont becomes a theater for magicians – including a family that performs regularly in the Los Altos area.

Benefit supports spinal muscular atrophy research

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Volunteers stuff envelopes for the Walk-n-Roll fundraiser for spinal muscular atrophy. Pictured are, seated from left: Judy Doty, Walk co-chairwoman Krisie Nguyen, Ann Roper, Walk co-chairwoman Marge Shively, Rory Kaplan and Carolyn Ireland. Standing: Jane Halligan, Nancy Grippo, Nancy Cook, Joyce Johnsen, Carol Hackford, Peter Meigs, Lois Rosenblum, Walk co-chairwoman Pat Wolff. Not pictured: Judy William, Don McCauley, Vicki Oldberg, Judi Gentry, Kathy Radford, Annemarie Rosengreen, Marguerite Cardinal, Pat Frankenfeld and Marge Meigs.

Los Altos residents Marge and Jim Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 3 months old in 2002. She died three years later, just shy of her fourth birthday. The Shivelys and their daughter, Linda, Jessica’s mother, have since dedicated their time and energy to finding a cure for the disease.

SMA is the No. 1 genetic cause of death in infants. One in 50 people are carriers, and it afflicts one in 10,000 babies born, no matter the gender or ethnicity. SMA affects a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, swallow and breathe.

Choir to perform winning entry in student poetry contest

Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has launched a poetry contest for high school students, with the winning poem set to new music and performed by the 75-voice ensemble.

Young poets are asked to submit work under the theme “California’s Natural Beauty.” All poems must have a title and be 20 lines or fewer.

Rotary volunteers celebrate work at home, overseas

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Rotarians Mark Rogge, from left, and Mona Armistead chat with guest David Moy at the July 27 club party.


More than 150 Rotarians and their guests attended an evening of dance music, appetizers, wines and desserts July 27 at the home of Bart Nelson, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Dedicated Los Altos resident crowned Miss Junior Dance of America

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Los Altos resident Shaya Ben-David performs at the Dance Masters of America competition last month.

Los Altos resident Shaya Ben-David dances approximately 19 hours a week at the Bay Area Dance School – and summer only means more dancing.

This summer, the 12-year-old attended American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Intensive in New York, danced at Master Ballet Academy’s intensive in Arizona and competed in Georgia, where her near-constant training paid off when she won the title of Miss Junior Dance of America.

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