Los Altos' San Juan Dance scores at national competition


Courtesy of San Juan Dance
San Juan Dance’s Sensations dance troupe earned numerous awards at a recent competition in Anaheim.

A group of 26 members of San Juan Dance’s Sensations dance troupe returned victorious from the Dance Masters of America 134th National Convention and Competition in Anaheim, held July 1-8.

Accompanied by 50 of their family members, the Sensations earned a number of Platinum awards, the top honor at the competition, and 12 Special Judges’ awards. Dancers from studios from around the U.S. and Canada performed 650 routines in the performing-arts competition, with seven Sensations routines receiving recognition and three selected to perform in the event’s Grand National Championship.

Kiwanis Club's Special Games take second in worldwide competition


Courtesy of Derek Lubich
Kiwanis International recently honored the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Special Games. Pictured, from left, are Lance M. Incitti, Kiwanis International trustee; Rex Upp, Division 12 lieutenant governor; John Richter, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto; Mike Lui, Kiwanis Club of De Anza; Brain Dahlquist, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto; Patricia Emslie, Division 34 lieutenant governor; Derek Lubich, Kiwanis Club of Los Altos; and Jim Rochford, Kiwanis International president. Those wearing tie-dye shirts served on this year’s Special Games planning committee.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Special Games earned second-place at a worldwide competition of service events selected by Kiwanis International.

The Silver Award announcement in the Signature Project Contest was made at the Kiwanis International Convention, held June 28 through July 1 in Las Vegas.

Former 'Good Morning America' star speaks on conquering gambling addiction


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Former “Good Morning America” weather anchor Spencer Christian shared the ups and downs of his life and career at the June meeting of Sons In Retirement, Branch 35, which serves the Los Altos area.

Christian, who appeared on the ABC morning show for several years, now works at ABC7 News in the Bay Area and is the author of “You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling” (Post Hill Press, 2018).

Bouquets from Blossom Buddies help patients 'feel so much better'


Courtesy of Sheela Veerina
Blossom Buddies participants create and deliver bouquets to patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

Volunteer Robin Bantz will probably never forget the reaction of a woman at Stanford Hospital to whom she delivered flowers. The woman burst into tears at the sight of the colorful bouquet.

“I’m so grateful that you are here today, and you’ve really made my week because I haven’t seen anyone this week,” said Bantz, recalling the conversation. “I haven’t had any family or friends visit. It’s been kind of lonely, and this has just made a big difference. I’m so glad you’re here because you just made me feel so much better.”

Volunteer transitions from tech to tour guide


Courtesy of Laurie Schutters
Tonia Spyridi has found a new calling as a Hidden Villa volunteer.

High-tech retiree Tonia Spyridi, a Los Altos resident of 35 years who grew up in Greece, fell in love with volunteering as a Hidden Villa farm and wilderness guide in 2016, but she started out reluctantly.

“I wasn’t sure I could do this,” Spyridi said.

Masonic Lodge hosts open house this weekend


Courtesy of Patrick Bailey 
Members of the Los Altos Masonic Lodge gather for a group portrait. The Masonic Lodge has scheduled an informal open house during the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, scheduled this weekend.

The Los Altos Masonic Lodge is scheduled to host an informal open house during the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 146 Main St.

Activities will include drop-in tours of the Lodge Room and short presentations and explanations of the three Masonic Degrees.


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