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Pet Pause: Cat care: Keep your feline from becoming overweight and diabetic


One of the common problems we see with cat care is that they are overweight and, in extreme cases, diabetic.

LifeMoves benefit in Los Altos Hills draws nearly 100 people

A benefit to support homeless veterans in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties raised thousands of dollars last month in Los Altos Hills, according to organizers.

The July 18 event, a benefit for the nonprofit LifeMoves, drew approximately 90 people, CEO Bruce Ives said. It was held at the home of LifeMoves members Diane and Stephen Ciesinski.

Painting serves as escape for local Iranian-born artist

Iranian-born artist Pari Ram stands beside her painting “Bazaar” in her Mountain View apartment. Painting was one of her only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Her works are on display in Palo Alto this week. Nate Nickolai/Town Crier

Painting was one of Pari Ram’s only escapes during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Increasing political turmoil had already forced her husband to flee Tehran, where the couple lived, leaving Ram alone to face an overbearing government within an oppressive Iranian society.

Yet despite Iraqi air force bombardments and a stifling cultural atmosphere, the Mountain View resident continued to paint, participating in three art exhibitions before escaping to Germany in 1987 and eventually to the United States in 1989. Ram still paints and exhibits her work, with her next show scheduled to open today in Palo Alto.

Los Altos native goes from PYT to Broadway with 'School of Rock' role

07 26 17 COMM Actor EmilyBorromeoEmily Borromeo began her acting career at 7 years old, portraying a farm animal in “Charlotte’s Web.” Twenty years later, the Los Altos native is wrapping up her Broadway debut as Mrs. Hathaway in the movie-based musical “School of Rock.”

Borromeo’s early roles in Peninsula Youth Theatre productions such as “Charlotte’s Web,” “Peter Pan” and “Les Misérables” laid the foundation for her acting career.

Summer 'Reading by Design' program winds down

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One of the more eye-opening events in the Santa Clara County Library District’s “Reading by Design” series was a presentation by the group Northern California Bats.

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is entering its final chapter, scheduled to wrap up next week in Los Altos.

The annual program – this year known as “Reading by Design” – has been a success, according to Rose Khoury, supervising librarian in children’s services for both the Los Altos main library and the Woodland Branch. She noted that there have been approximately 2,000 signups at the main library and 400 at the Woodland Branch.

Stanford student introduces kids to nature at Hidden Villa

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Emily Williams receives some impromptu face painting from young visitors at Hidden Villa nature preserve in Los Altos Hills, where she volunteers.

Stanford University student Emily Williams, 22, enjoys connecting children with nature as a volunteer at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit organic farm and educational garden in Los Altos Hills.

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