Save the Date: Week of Aug. 22

Sept. 8 and 9

Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 along Castro Street. Information:

Sept. 15 and 16

Train Days, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum. Information:

LAHS student selected for Indian dance program

Sreoshi Sarkar

Sreoshi Sarkar has been practicing Kathak, a form of classical Indian dance, for nearly 11 years. Those hundreds of hours of training paid off when the Los Altos High School junior was accepted into the Alliance for California Traditional Arts last spring.

“When I found out that I was accepted, I was really surprised because the program is a lot more cautious with younger applicants. I felt really honored,” Sarkar said.

'Paint the Town II' winners selected

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Will Maller’s “Los Altos Nursery,” above, won first place.

A panel of judges selected five winning entries from more than 50 submissions to the Los Altos History Museum’s “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past” exhibition.

The artists were charged with depicting local historical landmarks. Their art is on display, and available for purchase, at the museum through Oct. 7.

Church, nonprofit group join forces to encourage local changemaking

Courtesy of Lisa Conover
A group of Ashoka fellows gather at Los Altos United Methodist Church. The church has entered into a 10-month partnership with the global nonprofit Ashoka to explore changemaking.

Los Altos United Methodist Church and the global nonprofit Ashoka entered into a 10-month partnership dubbed the Changemaker Initiative, a collaboration designed to explore how faith and social innovation can amplify each other.

As part of the initiative, 26 fellows ranging in age from 11 to 74 were selected to lead projects in areas where they are passionate and driven to make a change. Each project falls in one of four categories: Families, Church, Community and School/Workplace. The Changemaker Fellows will address a broad spectrum of issues, including mental health, foster care, technology addiction, education and employment, gun safety, human trafficking, affordable housing, veterans, homelessness and redefining church in the community.

Resident moves from volunteer to city employee

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Stacey Chaney assumes her post as a staff member of the Los Altos Recreation & Community Services department.

In 2013, Los Altos resident Stacey Chaney retired from a long career of what she described as “high-stress” management positions and embarked on a new path – serving her city.

Five years and more than 1,000 hours later, Chaney has transitioned from dedicated volunteer to part-time staff member with the Los Altos Recreation & Community Services department.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: 'Superior fruit' – apricot sales reap reward

Courtesy of Frank White
Frank White stands in front of his father’s Packard automobile near the apricot orchard that surrounded the family’s home on Covington Road in Los Altos, circa 1946.

Frank White and his parents moved to Los Altos in 1945. His father had been a fruit broker in San Francisco and had spent a lot of time in the Santa Clara Valley meeting the growers.

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