Save the Date: Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival

July 14 and 15

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

July 25

Los Altos Rotary Veterans Plaza dedication, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Resource Center on the Foothill College campus, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Information:

Rotary speaker: Music improves seniors' memories

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John Lehman speaks before members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos at their June 14 meeting.

Playing vintage music as memory therapy has yielded results in reviving the memories of cognitively impaired seniors, according to Senior New Ways Executive Director John Lehman, who spoke at the June 14 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Lehman, who also serves as director of operations for Televisit Inc., said he has tested 50 older adults over more than five years using music therapy and found the results “amazing,” with seniors who could not remember their own names stimulated to sing along with songs they had heard as teenagers 60 or 70 years ago. Many remembered the lyrics and even the entertainers’ names, he noted.

Community Briefs: First Friday, Cradle of Liberty, pancake breakfast

July First Friday features patriotic theme

July’s First Friday and Club 55 are scheduled 6-8 p.m. July 6 in downtown Los Altos.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. If captured by the First Friday photographer, participants will win a prize.

Save the Date, Week of June 27

July 4

“Salute to Vets,” celebration of the 20th anniversary of the “Cradle of Liberty” statue, 11:30 a.m. in Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

Glorious Fourth of July Celebration and Picnic, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Shoup Park.

Community Briefs: week of June 20

GreenTown hosts night bike ride

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled an 18-mile summer solstice night bike ride Thursday, with check-in beginning 7 p.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St., Los Altos.

After departing Peet’s, cyclists will bike under Highway 101 and arrive at Palo Alto’s Baylands Nature Preserve to watch the sunset at approximately 8:30 p.m. The group will return to Los Altos via the Stevens Creek Trail as it gets dark, with an optional stop in Mountain View for hot chocolate, coffee and socializing.

Veterans event commemorates 20th anniversary of Cradle of Liberty statue dedication

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“The Cradle of Liberty,” a bronze statue standing approximately 8 feet tall, is the creation of Los Altos artist R.J. Truman. It is installed in a quiet area of Shoup Park near Adobe Creek. A 20th anniversary celebration of the statue is scheduled on the Fourth of July.

It was described as a bustling yet serene scene on the Fourth of July in 1998 – an estimated 1,000 people had gathered in Los Altos’ Shoup Park not to celebrate war, but to revel in peace.

They did so at the unveiling of a statue saluting the work of U.S. servicemen and women from all eras who protected the freedoms Americans cherish. “The Cradle of Liberty,” a creation of Los Altos artist Rebecca (R.J.) Truman, depicts an American soldier cradling an infant named “Liberty,” symbolic of keeping the U.S. safe for future generations.

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