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Swan song: After years of high school choirs, LAH native sets her sights on opera career

Courtesy of Savannah Swan
Savannah Swan’s passion for singing has taken her from Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers to Opera San Jose.

From her debut on stage with her local church choir to her most recent performance with Opera San Jose, Savannah Swan has always had a passion for singing.

“I always knew that I loved singing and being up on stage and making people feel something,” the Los Altos Hills native said.

Morning Forum speaker shares tales of life in North Korea

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Author Adam Johnson addresses the audience at a recent Morning Forum of Los Altos event kicking of its 68th year.

Stanford University creative writing professor and award-winning author Adam Johnson opened the Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 68th year with the timely presentation “Imagining North Korea.”

In 2004, Johnson was inspired to write what became the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Orphan Master’s Son” after reading the account of a North Korean defector and realizing how little anyone knew about the people who live in what he described as “this cruelest of countries.”

Walk to end pancreatic cancer raises nearly $50K for research

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The Nichols family of Los Altos organized Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, which raised more than $46,000 in its second year. They plan to hold another walk next year.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Los Altos couple Leah and Aaron Nichols returned to Shoreline Park last month for their second fundraiser to end pancreatic cancer.

The 2017 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held Sept. 16 at the Mountain View park, raised more than $46,000.

CSA leaders salute 'heroes' of their own at annual breakfast

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Community Services Agency last week honored employees Estela Salgado, left, and Maureen Wadiak, center, for their service, along with volunteer Mary Hayes, right. Los Altos United Methodist Church was also honored.

After 60 years of service, and 30 years of recognizing local “heroes,” Community Services Agency waived its rule of not honoring staff at this year’s “Hometown Heroes” fundraiser – and for a good reason, too, according to Executive Director Tom Myers.

The two staff members honored this year tallied a combined 70 years of service at CSA – retiring Associate Director Maureen Wadiak with 20 years, and operations assistant Estela Salgado with 50 years.

Committee seeks nominations for volunteer awards

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The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee seeks nominations for outstanding volunteers through Oct. 27. Members of this year’s committee include, front row, from left: Mori Ahi, Dennis Young and Dhana Pawal. Back: John Cardoza, Patty Radlow, Rebecca Hickman, Gary Waldeck and Ed Infante. Not pictured: Jerry Tomanek, Jean Mordo and Ben Gikis.

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for its 35th annual volunteer service awards. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 27.

The cities have given the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards.

LAH residents honored for gifts to education, health care

Maria and Wim Roelandts

Honorees chosen for this year’s Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day include a Los Altos Hills couple recognized for their contributions to El Camino Hospital and San Jose State University.

Maria and Wim Roelandts will be honored as “Silicon Valley Community Foundation Outstanding Philanthropists” at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter’s Nov. 16 Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

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