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Country duo with local ties signs with Sony

Ryan Michaels, from left, Danny Strick, Shannon Haley and Rick Stone pose together after country musicians Michaels and Haley signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Strick is co-president of Sony/ATV and Stone is a music promoter and friend of the duo.

Country singers Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels grew up 3 miles from each other in Los Altos and Palo Alto, respectively. However, they didn’t meet until 2011 in Nashville, where they formed the music duo Haley & Michaels.

In May, the pair signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and its imprint Hickory Records. Now writing new music, Haley & Michaels are scheduled to perform some of their earlier works at festivals next month in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: History whispers from our California gardens

Robin Chapman/ Special to the Town Crier
Writing about the California poppy in 1897, botanist Mary Elizabeth Parsons said it “revels in the sunshine.”

In the early years of European settlement in California, newcomers who headed into the Santa Clara Valley found themselves astonished by its beauty.

Franciscan friar Pedro Font walked into the valley in 1776 with Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza, an experience he later recalled in his journals: “The land is moist and the hills have an abundance of rosemary and herbs, sunflowers in bloom, vines as plentiful as a vineyard.”

Concert aims to help displaced Mexican families

A concert to benefit families forced out of Chiapas, Mexico, because of a political war is scheduled 7 p.m. July 22 at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

Performers will include Bay Area musicians Bruce Herman, Chris Fernandez, Christine Abraham, Jamie Mulfinger and Emily Schmeichel-Frank, playing a wide array of music, including Broadway hits. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door.

Los Altos Hills native hits the road from London to Mongolia

Courtesy of The Mongol Rally
Lawrence Jau of Los Altos Hills plans to participate in next week’s grueling Mongol Rally.

A Los Altos Hills native plans to embark on a 10,000-mile drive from London to Mongolia in the 13th annual Mongol Rally, set to start next week.

First-time participant Lawrence Jau said the rally is an opportunity to “start trying to live life a little more in the moment and appreciate what I have – and really not fear the unknown.

Binge Watching: Online show recommendations for the summer include these comedies


It’s summer – the time when the major networks’ prime-time shows, for the most part, go on hiatus, leaving even more time to catch up on streaming and online shows on your watch lists.

SJSU president tells Rotary she's proud of legacy, focused on future

Jerry Tomanek/ Rotary Club of Los Altos
San Jose State President Mary Papazian addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos June 22.

Newly inaugurated San Jose State University President Mary A. Papazian offered an enthusiastic assessment of “the oldest public university in the West” during a June 22 presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos, emphasizing the university’s focus on a successful future.

Papazian, appointed July 1, 2016, before taking office May 4, pointed to San Jose State’s deep roots in the area, dating back to its 1857 founding. She asked Rotarians who were either Spartan alums or had family members who attended the school to stand. Approximately half of the people in the room stood up.

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