Kids organize fundraiser for Pets In Need

Local children are scheduled to host a fundraiser for Pets In Need, the new operator of Palo Alto Animal Services, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The event will feature sales of baked goods, clay sculptures and woven items, according to Eden Rose Murray, one of the young organizers.

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley hires new artistic director


Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley recently hired Buddy James as the 75-voice choir’s new artistic director, effective July 1, when music director Gregory Wait will retire after 30 seasons.

“Buddy James is an accomplished musician and consummate educator with all the requisite skills you need as an artistic director, and a particularly good fit for Schola because he’s all about fostering and building community,” Wait said.

Zimbabwe Run commemorates 20th anniversary

The Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with festivities scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 7 at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Los Altos resident Ellen Clark founded the fundraiser, inspired to help after her family visited Africa to visit her son, Will, who was teaching children of the Shona tribe in a remote village nearly two decades ago.

Forum speaker reveals 'Secret History of the iPhone'


In 2017, an Apple employee walked into work and his colleagues burst into applause for something he had done many years before. Why the applause and why today?

Music to their ears: 5 years after crisis, Peninsula Symphony thrives again

Audrey Daniel/Peninsula Symphony
Peninsula Symphony, led by conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein, center, is celebrating its 70th season. The symphony’s offices are located in downtown Los Altos.

Five years ago, the venerable Peninsula Symphony was in deep financial trouble, its bank accounts drained by a corrupt executive director. Many seriously questioned whether the beloved ensemble could continue.

Five years later, the answer is a resounding yes. The Los Altos-based symphony, now in its 70th year, is not only surviving, but flourishing both artistically and financially. In fact, thanks to two major benefactors, the 90-member symphony has more money in the bank now than it did prior to Steve Carlton’s well-publicized misdeeds.

Survivor of massive stroke shares story of recovery


The survivor of a massive stroke in 2000 shared his story of recovery with members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 28, praising the quick treatment he received at a Certified Stroke Center – not just “a good hospital” – as key to his survival.

In the aftermath of his stroke, Chuck Toeniskoetter helped create the Stroke Awareness Foundation’s mobile app in San Jose to save other victims. The app details the signs of a stroke, calls 911 for help, shows locations of the closest Certified Stroke Centers and texts three people identified by the phone owner of a stroke in progress – all quick, lifesaving measures.

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