Community Briefs – Week of July 24

Watercolor Society hosts show at LA main library

Artwork by members of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display through the end of July at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, “Poetry by Watercolor,” highlights diverse interpretations of the theme, from literal to abstract.

Los Altos resident's woodworking gifts show appreciation

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
In his retirement, Harold Stenfort enjoys woodworking and gifting his creations to those he appreciates.

Harold Stenfort walked into the Town Crier’s office – a second-floor workspace shared by advertising, circulation, editorial and production teams shouting information over cubicle walls and spreading laughter above the music playing through the floorboards from Morsey’s Farmhouse below – and placed an oven-rack puller at the reception desk.

Stenfort didn’t have any questions or need help investigating an old issue of the paper; he simply wanted to show his appreciation to the paper’s staff in the best way he knows how: with a handmade gift from his years of woodworking.

Schola's Summer Sings Program features Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' Monday

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program, which brings together music lovers to sing the works of the great composers under the baton of six California conductors, continues Monday nights through Aug. 12 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning about the masterpieces and singing with a community, and for those interested in learning about Schola Cantorum. Nonsingers are encouraged to attend as well.

Volunteer Profile: School field trips turn into volunteer gig at Hidden Villa

Nicole Carbone/Special to the Town Crier
Kelly Matiasevich, pictured in the organic Education Garden at Hidden Villa, holds a carrot she just pulled out of the soil.


One morning a week, former lawyer and teacher’s aide Kelly Matiasevich, 48, drops off her daughter at school, then heads directly to Hidden Villa, where she volunteers as a Farm Tour Guide for schoolchildren at the educational, organic farm and nature area in Los Altos Hills.

Aurora chorus reunites with French choir

Emmanuelle Izquierdo directs the Chorale Assou-Lézert of Albi, France, set to perform in Portola Valley Sunday.

Just weeks after 9/11, the Aurora Singers community chorus hosted the Chorale Assou-Lézert from Palo Alto’s sister city in Albi, France. In addition to performing, the French group brought friendship, support and hope in dark times. It also donated its share of the concert proceeds to the American Red Cross, aiding the victims and rescuers of the tragedy in New York City.

Eighteen years and five exchanges later – hosted in singers’ homes in France and Silicon Valley, including Los Altos – the bonds between members have deepened beyond music.

Locally based Carbon Bootcamp promotes reduction strategies

Increase your energy fitness. Build your bicycling muscle. Eat your veggies. These are just a few ways you can reduce your carbon footprint through the new Carbon Bootcamp program.

GreenTown Los Altos is partnering with Carbon Bootcamp to sponsor the first 300 residents who sign up for the program. Participants will receive gear, support and real-time encouragement at no cost.

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