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Rotarians weigh art show proceeds, dole out grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show in May raised more than $102,000, which the club will distribute in grants to community and international projects.

“We are a service club where the money goes right back out,” said David Smith, club president.

Country duo with local ties signs with Sony

Ryan Michaels, from left, Danny Strick, Shannon Haley and Rick Stone pose together after country musicians Michaels and Haley signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Strick is co-president of Sony/ATV and Stone is a music promoter and friend of the duo.

Country singers Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels grew up 3 miles from each other in Los Altos and Palo Alto, respectively. However, they didn’t meet until 2011 in Nashville, where they formed the music duo Haley & Michaels.

In May, the pair signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and its imprint Hickory Records. Now writing new music, Haley & Michaels are scheduled to perform some of their earlier works at festivals next month in the Bay Area and Sacramento.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: History whispers from our California gardens

Robin Chapman/ Special to the Town Crier
Writing about the California poppy in 1897, botanist Mary Elizabeth Parsons said it “revels in the sunshine.”

In the early years of European settlement in California, newcomers who headed into the Santa Clara Valley found themselves astonished by its beauty.

Franciscan friar Pedro Font walked into the valley in 1776 with Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza, an experience he later recalled in his journals: “The land is moist and the hills have an abundance of rosemary and herbs, sunflowers in bloom, vines as plentiful as a vineyard.”

Kids' Day to visit Los Altos Farmers' Market Thursday

The annual Kids’ Day is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Thursday (July 20) at the downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market, located at State and Second streets.
The event, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, will include a children’s cooking class, kids’ crafts, a marionette puppet show at 5 p.m., and musical entertainment from children’s entertainment duo, Lori & RJ.
For more information, call the market hotline at 800-806-FARM (3276) or visit https://www.CAFarmersMkts.com.

Los Altan chairing S.F. fundraiser in fight against ALS

Robert Hammer of Hammer Auto in Los Altos is chairing a big fundraising event tomorrow (Thursday) night in San Francisco, all for a good cause: fighting ALS.

The A.L.S. Association Golden West Chapter is presenting "Champions for Care and a Cure," beginning 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel (950 Mason St.), featuring wine tasting, entertainment, dinner and silent and live auctions. 

The evening's entertainment features Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi fame. Also appearing is his girlfriend, Orianthi, perhaps best known as Michael Jackson's touring guitarist in the film, "This Is It."

Proceeds go to fight ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there currently is no cure. 

For tickets and more information, visit www.alschampions.org.

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Los Altos hosts free summer concerts

The city of Los Altos’ 15th annual Summer Concert Series continues 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 3, with free performances alternating between Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave., and Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave.

The lineup and locations:

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