Rotary Club scholarship recipient teaches deaf to read

Irwin Hatfield

The key to reading is not using your eyes, but your ears. That’s what Jean Irwin Hatfield explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its July 18 meeting.

Irwin Hatfield, a 30-year instructor who teaches deaf students to read, received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for study at the University of Nottingham in England under the tutelage of Professor David Wood at the school’s Learning Sciences Research Institute. She shared how Wood’s research enabled her to teach the deaf with more successful outcomes.

Hold on to your hats - here comes First Friday

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
First Friday supporters don a variety of hats to promote Friday’s downtown event.

This month’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday on the Downtown Green on Third Street between Main and State streets in Los Altos.

With the theme “Hats Off to Los Altos,” attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite hats and join in the group of “Mad Hatters.”

Friday's activities coincide with the start of the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored Summer Sidewalk Sale, running through Aug. 11.

Friedman's book relates dance, garden experiences


Dancer and choreographer Leslie Friedman, founder of the International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley and artistic director of The Lively Foundation, recently released a book, “The Dancer’s Garden.”

The book features short essays on dance, life and starting and maintaining a garden in Mountain View. The gardener, Friedman said, faces the challenges of native plants, persistent invasions by world-conquering weeds and rain.

Diabetes program yields results for CSA clients

Community Services Agency’s Challenge Diabetes Program, funded by El Camino Hospital for the past four years, aims to improve the health of vulnerable members of the community who are diabetic or prediabetic.

The program includes clients at CSA, West Valley Community Services and Sunnyvale Community Services.

From underdog to top dog: MV club-trained pit bull named AKC Obedience Trial Champion

Courtesy of Southard Photography
Jasmine, an 11-year-old pit bull, performs for owner Nan Daley at a recent show.

Jasmine kept her eyes fixed on the squirrels trotting between the grass field to trees for coverage, yet she remained still. That is, in close proximity to her treat-in-hand partner Nan Daley.

Seven-year-old Jasmine, sporting a coat of gray and white, with her right ear slightly tucked, is a pit bull. Trained by the Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club in Mountain View, she was awarded the Obedience Trial Champion title from the American Kennel Club in the spring.

Los Altos resident Lloyd and SoCal partner Weiss qualify for Ballroom Dance World Championships

Courtesy of Monique Lloyd
Charles Lloyd of Los Altos and partner Hanna Weiss, front, recently qualified for the Ballroom Dance World Championships, set for January in Atlanta.


Without Facebook, National Ballroom Dance champions Charles Lloyd and Hanna Weiss may never have met.

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