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Schola Cantorum celebrates Halloween

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is scheduled to perform two Halloween-themed “Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls” concerts.

The first is slated 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, and the second is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Abilities United hosts annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser Nov. 4

Abilities United’s 26th annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Mountain View.

The event draws approximately 600 book lovers from throughout the Bay Area and generates nearly $400,000 annually for Abilities United, which serves children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Funds are raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction.

Museum rolls out slate of programs supporting Asian Pacific exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of speakers and programs to encourage community dialogue and discussion of themes presented in its latest exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth An Asian Pacific Story,” which runs through which runs through Jan. 7.

Guest speaker Rowena Chow will kick off the series with the presentation “Hawaii: Asian Pacific Gateway to America” 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the museum.

Los Altos History Museum tells 'Asian Pacific American Story'

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Japanese-American internees cultivate the earth at the Tule Lake War Relocation Center during World War II. The photo is part of the Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.”

With immigration on the minds of many in today’s political climate, the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” seems to arrive at an appropriate time.

The exhibition, scheduled to open Thursday and run through Jan. 7, details the story of Asian immigrants throughout U.S. history and the contributions they’ve made. The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center developed the display into a nationally touring exhibition in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Teen pianist featured on NPR's 'From the Top'

Photo courtesy of Ophir Horovitz
Los Altos pianist Ophir Horovitz performs on NPR’s “From the Top” Sunday.

A piano performance by Los Altos resident Ophir Horovitz is scheduled to air 7 p.m. Sunday on the NPR radio program “From the Top.”

The high school senior plays Etude No. 13: “L’escalier du diable” by György Ligeti and the Nocturne, Op. 48, No. 1 in C minor by Frédéric Chopin on the broadcast, recorded June 13.

Former FBI agent details hunt for missing Nazi diary


In a return engagement at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 3, former FBI special agent and author Robert Wittman discussed his latest book, a nonfiction account that chronicles the recovery of the diary of one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides.

Wittman was instrumental in founding the FBI’s Art Crime Team in 2005, which investigates federal crimes of cultural property theft, including art and documents, the fifth-largest international criminal enterprise.

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