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Los Altos native Spangler returns home as 'An American in Paris'

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Nick Spangler, center, is enjoying success on the stage, starring in a production of “An American in Paris.”

After more than a decade in New York City, Los Altos native Nick Spangler returns to the Bay Area next week with the touring production of “An American in Paris.”

The Mountain View High School graduate plays a prominent role in the musical, scheduled to run Tuesday through Oct. 8 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

Los Altos residents visit Japan for Friendship Force exchange

Courtesy of Dee Gustavson
Los Altos residents Dee and Dave Gustavson sample beer with their home-host Kishiko Otaki, center, of Sapporo, Japan, at the Sapporo Beer Museum.

Los Altos residents Dave and Dee Gustavson, members of the San Francisco Bay Area Friendship Force Club, recently visited the home of Kishiko Otaki of Sapporo, Japan, whom they hosted in Los Altos last October.

The Gustavsons were among 21 Bay Area members the Sapporo Friendship Force Club hosted in June. On the visit, the Bay Area contingent wore kimonos, sampled Japanese specialties, rode the bullet train and visited museums and flower shows. Sapporo club members also introduced their visitors to cultural activities, including origami, ikebana, calligraphy and a Japanese tea ceremony.

Los Altos High grads share big ideas at TEDxFargo event


Two Los Altos High School alumni recently participated in the eighth annual TEDxFargo event – one as a musician and the other as a speaker.

Software engineer Kevin Wang, Class of 1998, discussed the importance of computer science education and presented Technology Education and Literacy for Schools (TEALS), a program he founded in 2009. Musician James Lanman, who graduated in 2002, debuted “Ride or Die,” a song he completed only four days prior to the July 27 event in North Dakota.

Rotarian spotlights local club's contributions around the world

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Wendy Walleigh

Rotary Club of Los Altos members fund and participate in service projects around the globe, aiding people in Nepal, Peru, Liberia, Haiti and other developing nations.

Wendy Walleigh, chairwoman of the club’s World Community Service committee, highlighted recent international achievements at the club’s Aug. 17 meeting.

CSA celebrates 60 years of helping area's underserved

Ian Mackey/Special to the Town Crier
Supporters gather to help Community Services Agency’s board president Cathy Lazarus, center, cut the nonprofit organization’s 60th anniversary cake, including, from left, Mountain View city councilmembers Lisa Matichak and John McAlister, Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, county Supervisor Joe Simitian, state Assemblyman Marc Berman, CSA board member Marsha Deslauriers and state Sen. Jerry Hill.

Community Services Agency launched in 1957 to serve migrant workers employed on Santa Clara Valley’s farms and orchards. Today, the Mountain View-based nonprofit organization administers aid to thousands of people in need as they struggle with the high cost of living in Silicon Valley.

Approximately 350 people attended CSA’s 60th anniversary celebration Aug. 19, bringing to light the many basic-need services the agency offers – particularly in the wake of a rising homeless population.

Festival of Lights volunteers search for downtown space for parade preparation

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Costumed characters stroll down Main Street during last year’s Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade. Organizers are in immediate need of empty downtown office space so that they can prepare costumes for this year’s parade.

Members of the Festival of Lights Parade Association are searching for an empty building in downtown Los Altos – space needed for volunteers to try on costumes in preparation for the popular holiday parade.

The association’s regular location for costume prep – the Grant Park Community Center in south Los Altos – is unavailable this year due to remodeling. The project leaves parade volunteers without a space to gear up for this year’s parade, scheduled Nov. 26.

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