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Courtesy of Palo Alto Animal Services

Stars is a 13-year-old, long-haired, female cat available for adoption through Palo Alto Animal Services. Animal control officers picked up Stars in Los Altos. She had a microchip, but her owner’s contact information was missing from the chip. The Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter nonprofit organization is donating $400 toward Stars’ future medical bills. For more information on Stars and other animals available for adoption, call PAAS at 496-5971, visit cityofpaloalto.org/animalservices or stop by the shelter at 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

Los Altos city manager gives overview of plans in Rotary Club talk

Chuck Lindauer/ Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its July 13 meeting.

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan is responsible for 104 miles of streets, 6,500 trees, 8,000 police dispatch calls annually and 3,000 emails per day, among other duties.

Jordan, a 31-year veteran of local government who assumed the Los Altos position last year, offered his take on the status of city operations during a July 13 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Rotarians weigh art show proceeds, dole out grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show in May raised more than $102,000, which the club will distribute in grants to community and international projects.

“We are a service club where the money goes right back out,” said David Smith, club president.

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.

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