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Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley rebrands with new name

The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum recently changed its name to Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley.

The rebranding aims to define the area the choral group reaches while reintroducing it to the community with a modernized logo.

Supporters of veterans hold ceremony to dedicate renamed downtown plaza

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Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge and Los Altos Hills resident Pete Manoukian speaks at last week’s dedication ceremony for Veterans Community Plaza.

The small plaza was festooned with miniature American flags. Mariam Kubursi, 11, delivered a stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Most of the approximately 75 people in attendance placed right hands across their hearts as American Legion members stood motionless in military salute.

It was a fitting start to the Sept. 19 dedication ceremony for the renaming of the plaza at Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. The Los Altos City Council in July 2016 approved a request from veterans and their supporters to change the name of Community Plaza to Veterans Community Plaza.

AAUW begins membership year with leadership theme

American Association of University Women members and meeting attendees included, front row, from left, Dot Long, Susan Ware, Pat Blackie, Mako Mori and Kaede Hamilton. Middle: Ravid Galatin, Kooresh Aflatooni, Joyce Daugherty and Sally Evans. Back: Eryca Black.

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women launched its 2017-2018 membership year Sept. 18 with a program highlighting the branch’s involvement in developing leadership and exploration among local young women.

The branch heard from five local middle school girls awarded scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek camp at Stanford University over the summer.  Several of the girls noted how exciting it was for them not only to meet other girls interested in science and math, but also to take classes and labs taught by young women pursuing careers in those fields.

GreenTown cleans up creek

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GreenTown Los Altos volunteers display some of the trash collected from Permanente Creek during a recent cleanup.


As part of National Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 16, 30 GreenTown Los Altos volunteers joined with 1,672 others in Santa Clara County to clean local waterways.

Storyteller seeks seniors for production of 'Animal Farm'


Los Altos storyteller and dramaturg Enid Davis is recruiting seniors for a dramatic stage reading of George Orwell’s iconic fable “Animal Farm,” adapted for the stage by Ian Wooldridge.

Orwell’s allegory chronicles the breakdown of supposedly rational social structures when a charismatic dictator leads a community into scapegoating and hypocrisy. He wrote the satire as a critique of Stalinism, but its depiction of how political dogma degrades into meaningless propaganda has resonated with readers around the world in the decades since it was first published in 1945.

Longtime CSA associate director retires

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Maureen Wadiak has served Community Services Agency the past 18 years.

After 20 years at Community Services Agency, Associate Director Maureen Wadiak is set to retire in October.

“While we knew this day was coming, we are so sad to lose Maureen,” said CSA Executive Director Tom Myers, who worked alongside Wadiak for the past 18 years. “If anyone deserved a great retirement, it’s Maureen. We wish her the very best on the next leg of her journey.”

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