Schola music director Wait takes his final bow Friday


After 30 years as music director for choral ensemble Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley, Gregory Wait is retiring. For his swan song, Wait will conduct “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms in a free concert scheduled 8 p.m. Friday at Stanford Memorial Church.

“Ein deutsches Requiem” translates to “A German Requiem,” but, according to Wait, Brahms would have preferred naming it “A Human Requiem.” Based on texts the composer chose from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible, the piece expresses Brahms’ own experiences of grief and consolation.

MV author McPhail appears at Books Inc. Thursday evening

Local author Donald McPhail is scheduled to celebrate his latest release 7 p.m. Thursday at Books Inc., 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

“The Guest from Johannesburg,” a sequel to McPhail’s “The Millionaire’s Cruise,” is both an anti-war novel and a love story. With the backdrop of the Pacific wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – readers follow the lives of a South African Pan American World Airways executive and his wife, a heroic nurse. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, the historical novel offers hope as it takes on the horrors of war.

Rotary Art Show features painter of Chinese legends

“Moon Rising” is among the works of painter Caroline Young. Young is among more than 160 artists scheduled to show their creations at this weekend’s Fine Art in the Park event at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. Courtesy of Cindy Bogard-O’Gorman

More than 160 artists are preparing to display their work at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 44th annual Fine Art in the Park show 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln Park. Chinese-American painter Caroline Young is among them.

Young depicts centuries-old Chinese legends in her intricate paintings. Raised in Hong Kong by American-born parents, she became intrigued by traditional stories explaining the mysteries of the universe, stories that have molded generations of children immersed in Chinese culture.

Community Briefs: Senior creativity, rummage sale and more

Saturday event offers seniors creative outlets

The Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, a Los Altos Community Foundation-supported initiative, has scheduled a Senior Creativity Event 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Highway Community, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Free for anyone age 50 or older, the event will include a variety of workshops, from Bollywood dancing to watercolor painting, doodling, journal writing, songwriting and outdoor activities.

Kiwanis Pet Parade set for Saturday

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It’s that time of year again: The Kiwanis Pet Parade is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Los Altos. Above is a scene from the 2016 parade.

Local pets, their owners and animal lovers will gather Saturday for the 72nd annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, scheduled 10 a.m. beginning at First and Main streets in downtown Los Altos.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos launched the parade in 1948, and it’s been a community tradition ever since. The free event draws hundreds of participants and spectators each year.

Community Briefs – Week of May 8

SIR lunch features talk on medical marijuana

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Tim Byars, “Medical Uses of Marijuana,” 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball and investments.

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