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Mtn. View named finalist for National Recreation and Park Association award

The National Recreation and Park Association named the city of Mountain View’s Community Services Department a finalist for a National Gold Medal Award for the second consecutive year.

“We are very excited and humbled by the recognition as a finalist member for the National Recreation and Park Association’s Gold Medal Award,” said J.P. de la Montaigne, the city’s community services director.

Quota awards scholarships, grants

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Quota International presented scholarships and grants last month. Pictured are, from left, Sarah Perez, scholarship chairwoman; Sandra Hernandez, Terry Morris Scholarship recipient; and Scholarship Committee members Melba Williams-Swanson and Phylita Skov.

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos held its annual awards luncheon May 17 at Michaels at Shoreline, celebrating members’ yearlong fundraising efforts that provide college scholarships and support community agencies offering assistance to the deaf and hard of hearing and to disadvantaged women and children.

Jocelyn Lopez received the Quota Roundtable Scholarship; Sandra Hernandez, the Terry Morris Scholarship; and Charles Oleand, the Eva Mockbee and Quota Club scholarships.

Authors' Showcase seeks writers

Courtesy of Karen Purtich
Last year’s panel at the Los Altos History Museum’s Authors’ Showcase included, from left, Skip Vaccarello, Ursula H. Meir, Gisela Zebroski, Russell Atkinson, John Ralston and Peter Lobban. 

The Los Altos History Museum seeks local writers willing to participate in its annual Authors’ Showcase, scheduled Nov. 15 as part of the museum’s annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event.

Authors who have published a book during the past two years may apply. Last year’s event featured local authors Skip Vaccarello, Ursula H. Meier, Gisela Zebroski, Russell Atkinson, John Ralston and Peter Lobban.

Adventure cat goes viral : Cat has nearly 22,000 Instagram followers

Courtesy of Erika Johnson
Magic the adventure cat hikes near Mount Baker in Washington. Los Altos native Erika Johnson and boyfriend Eric Mercer own the cat and take him on many of their adventures.

When Erika Johnson and Eric Mercer first created an Instagram account for their cat, Magic, they never imagined how popular it would become.

“Turns out a lot of people are interested,” said Mercer, who lives in Seattle with Los Altos native Johnson.

Los Altos volunteer recognized for work with disaster victims

Russell Coleman/ Special to the Town Crier
Kent Fielden, left, presents the Disaster Cycle Services, Exceptional Leadership Award to Sue Trautman at the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley’s Volunteer Recognition event last month in Los Gatos. Event organizer Jonathan Bernier stands in the background.

From victims of floods to fires, Sue Trautman has helped people throughout Santa Clara County in the past year – and the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley recently recognized the Los Altos resident for her efforts.

Trautman received the chapter’s Disaster Cycle Services, Exceptional Leadership Award, which honors a member of the disaster team for going above and beyond to help others.

Felder, Gunn team up for 'Flying Solo'

Courtesy of Hershey Felder
Opera star Nathan Gunn, standing, rehearses with musician and actor Hershey Felder, seated at the piano.

Hershey Felder is usually the only actor onstage – his current one-man show on Beethoven runs through next week in Mountain View – but he will step offstage for his next production.

“Nathan Gunn, Flying Solo” will feature international opera star Gunn, who met with Felder two weeks ago at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts to work on the biographical play. The one-man show, written and directed by Felder, is scheduled to debut April 4 at the Laguna Playhouse and will likely move to Mountain View later next year.

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