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Historical Society reflects on Japanese internment

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. To reflect on the 75th anniversary of Japanese internment, the Mountain View Historical Association highlighted the Japanese-American community’s local history.

At its annual spring meeting at the Historic Adobe Building May 7, association members focused on Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forced removal of Japanese-American citizens and longtime residents from the West Coast.

Los Altos native's play hits Foothill College stage


Theater has always been in Los Altos native Tom Gough’s blood.

A longtime supporter of the performing arts, Gough is preparing for the world premiere of his play “Suburban Undertow.”

Los Altos twins host 'Kids Helping Kids' concert

Courtesy of Rose William
Ray and Rose William enjoy artwork with a student in their Little Mozart Program.

After passing their Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Level 8 piano exam, 17-year-old twins Ray and Rose William of Los Altos realized that their achievement had only benefited themselves.

“Looking back on how much joy a musical education brought us, we came to the natural conclusion that this should be available to every kid,” Ray said. “However, due to economic reasons, many never receive such musical opportunities.”

GreenTown members enjoy 'Hardy' bike ride


GreenTown Los Altos’ inaugural Hardy Jones Memorial Bike Ride drew a crowd of cyclists, who pedaled around the city to view outdoor sculptures created by the late surgeon. The group viewed Jones’ “Magic Fish” sculpture at the main library, above, stopped by seven schools, a private residence and a hardware store. Sam Harding, Jones’ longtime friend, shared stories and anecdotes about each metal sculpture. Jane Bryan-Jones, Jones’ wife, did not join the group on the ride, but met with them at the start and expressed her appreciation for the event. GreenTown’s next group ride, the Summer Solstice Night Bike Ride, is scheduled June 21. For more information, visit greentownlosaltos.org.

Student essayists gaze into California's past

The following are the winning essays in the 2017 Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, a joint venture between the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum. The 33rd annual contest, held earlier this year, was open to students in grades 3-6 attending public and private schools in the Los Altos area.

History essay winners present

Winners display their prizes from the 33rd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest during a May 9 reception at the Los Altos History Museum. Students were asked to write on Native American foods, reflecting a recent museum exhibition. Pictured, from left, front row: Josephine Dunne, Avery Simonsen and Colin Chin. Second row: Abigail Kamenetsky, Cooper Hahn and Genna Noble. Third row: Mackenzie Fobes, Katie Noble, Florencia Rodriguez-Steube and Rohan Parasnis. Back row: Isabel Vargas-Hurlston, Kate Eng and Wade Smith. The Town Crier will be publishing the winning essays at losaltosonline.com.

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