Morning Forum of Los Altos explores 'Mozart and Mythology'


Robert Hartwell, Ed.D., professor of music and media studies at Foothill College, took the Morning Forum of Los Altos on a musical and historical journey May 22 with his presentation on “Mozart and Mythology.”

Hartwell, chairman of the music department at Foothill, teaches classes in music history, music of multicultural America and contemporary American culture. He is committed to welcoming the uninitiated into classical music, co-authoring a three-volume series on the history of Western music.

Film features Hiroshima survivor who preaches message of peace

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Los Altos Hills resident Nobuko Saito Cleary, from left, Stanford University Professor Emeritus Barton Bernstein and Japanese historian Shigeaki Mori meet recently at Saito Cleary’s home to discuss the events that led to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945.

Shigeaki Mori remembers the day he was “inside the mushroom cloud,” when the atom bomb hit Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. The 8-year-old boy, thrown into a stream, couldn’t see his hands in front of him in the pitch-black darkness as he got out of the water and wandered in fear amid the chaos and carnage around him.

That infamous day, which cost nearly 150,000 lives, continues to consume Mori at age 81. It inspired his life’s purpose as a historian. Still-lingering physical ailments are constant reminders of that day nearly 73 years ago.

Museum marks Memorial Day at Shoup's 'Cradle of Liberty'

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Co-presidents of the board of the Los Altos History Museum Eleanor Watanabe, from left, and Linda Eckols, join with Fran Henderson after placing a Memorial Day wreath of red crepe-paper poppies at the “Cradle of Liberty” statue in Shoup Park. Henderson is the widow of Bill Henderson, whose volunteer group commissioned the statue in 1998. Los Altos will celebrate the statue’s 20th anniversary with a July 4 event in the park.

Los Altos History Museum officials commemorated Memorial Day by bringing a wreath of red crepe-paper poppies to “The Cradle of Liberty” statue in Shoup Park, honoring the sacrifice of U.S. war veterans.

Eleanor Watanabe and Linda Eckols, co-presidents of the museum board, placed the wreath at the statue, joined by Fran Henderson, widow of World War II veteran William C. Henderson, co-founder of the group that commissioned the statue for the park. A “Salute to Vets” event is scheduled July 4 in Shoup Park to mark the 20th anniversary of the installation of the “Cradle of Liberty,” statue, created by sculptor Rebecca Joy Truman and installed in Shoup Park July 4, 1998.

Community Services Agency named District 24's Nonprofit of the Year


State Assemblyman Marc Berman selected Community Services Agency as the Nonprofit of the Year for District 24.

CSA – which provides social services to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents – is scheduled to be recognized today, California Nonprofits Day, in Sacramento.

Los Altos students receive Rotary scholarships

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently awarded scholarships to local students, with funds raised at the club’s annual Fine Art in the Park event, held last month in Lincoln Park.

Proceeds from Fine Art in the Park’s sales and sponsorships support scholarships, community grants to nongovernmental organizations and other national and international charitable causes.

Local suicide cluster drives filmmaker's 'The Valley,' set to premiere in theaters

Courtesy of Saila Kariat
“The Valley,” Los Altos resident Saila Kariat’s film exposing the dark side of success in Silicon Valley, is set for a June release.

Since her film debuted at last year’s Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, engineer-turned-director Saila Kariat has traveled the country screening “The Valley” at similar festivals. Now, the Los Altos resident is bringing the movie home, with several showings scheduled throughout the Bay Area in June.

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