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A 'Ward' of words: New museum director speaks four languages


Elisabeth Ward, the Los Altos History Museum’s new executive director, is a woman who loves languages. Along with English, she speaks Icelandic, Norwegian and Spanish.

Ward also appreciates how art speaks to people.

How to go about choosing a family pet: Pet Pause

A pet can bring tremendous joy to a family. Whether its being entertained by their charming antics or the calming effects of stroking their bodies, they de-stress our lives.

While pet ownership is a responsibility, a family pet should not be a burden. Careful consideration must be given to the pet’s expected longevity, demands for daily care and attention, and expectations of interactions with small children and other pets in the household.

A class from the master

The sounds of music filled the Steinway Piano Gallery in Los Altos March 5 as Jon Nakamatsu, the official Steinway artist, taught a master class for aspiring pianists Miles Wada, 16, of Mountain View; Josephine Chou, 14, of Saratoga; and Jonathan Hou, 14, of Cupertino. The three young musicians performed compositions by Frederic Chopin, under the watchful eyes and ears of Nakamatsu, world-renowned virtuoso pianist and the winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition – the only American pianist to have achieved the distinction since 1981. At right, Nakamatsu leads Wada through a piece.

Watercolorist has an eye 'for urban detail'

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Works by artists Caroline McClintic are on display this month at art galleries in downtown Los Altos.

Following is a roundup of local arts events and exhibitions.

Viewpoints Gallery

Los Altos resident and watercolorist Caroline McClintic explores the unique patterns of cityscapes in a variety of styles in “Urban Patterns,” her new exhibition at Viewpoints Gallery.

Homestead senior brings native garden to Woodland library

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Alyssa Robins displays a sketch she drew in preparation for the native garden she plans to install at the Los Altos Library’s Woodland Branch. The Homestead High School senior pursued the project as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

A Girl Scout through and through, Alyssa Robins was looking for a service project to fulfill requirements for her Gold Award.

A senior at Homestead High School, Robins had been in Girl Scouts for more than a decade and had completed two internships at Hidden Villa when she sought a way to bring her interests forward to benefit the community.

'Like a kid going to the playground': Pickleball serves up fitness and fun for all ages

Mary Larsen/Town Crier
The Mitchell Park Wednesday morning pickleball group, above, enjoys both the social and physical benefits of the fast-growing sport.

It’s 10 a.m. and time to play.

Every Wednesday morning at Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park, an enthusiastic group ranging in age from 50 to over 80 gathers for a friendly round of pickleball.

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