Local mother and daughter perform at Estonian music festival

Courtesy of the Barnetts
Elizabeth, left, and Margaret Barnett of Los Altos recently traveled to Europe to perform in front of thousands of people at the Estonian Song Celebration.

Mother and daughter Margaret and Elizabeth Barnett of Los Altos recently traveled to Europe to perform in front of thousands of people at Laulupidu, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Estonian festival’s Song Celebration.

The Barnetts sang with the Estonian Community Choir of San Francisco, one of eight American choirs in a festival that featured 1,020 of them. To qualify, the choir had to undergo a two-part selection process that involved learning the festival set list – in the Estonian language.

Beth Am hosts events for potential members

Congregation Beth Am has scheduled Shabbat services 6:15 Fridays in August in the congregation’s Outdoor Chapel, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

The services are designed for prospective new members, and attendees are encouraged to invite friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues to join in celebrating Shabbat.

Save the Date – Week of Aug. 7

Aug. 17

“Summer Splash” fun day and barbecue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Presbyterian Church, 858 University Ave., Los Altos. Informaiton: unionpc.org.

Sept. 7 and 8

Community Briefs - Week of July 31

Bike-themed events set for Thursday in MV

The city of Mountain View is scheduled to host the ninth annual Silicon Valley Bike Summit Thursday in partnership with the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.

Thursdays events will include:

Rotary Club scholarship recipient teaches deaf to read

Irwin Hatfield

The key to reading is not using your eyes, but your ears. That’s what Jean Irwin Hatfield explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its July 18 meeting.

Irwin Hatfield, a 30-year instructor who teaches deaf students to read, received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for study at the University of Nottingham in England under the tutelage of Professor David Wood at the school’s Learning Sciences Research Institute. She shared how Wood’s research enabled her to teach the deaf with more successful outcomes.

Hold on to your hats - here comes First Friday

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
First Friday supporters don a variety of hats to promote Friday’s downtown event.

This month’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday on the Downtown Green on Third Street between Main and State streets in Los Altos.

With the theme “Hats Off to Los Altos,” attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite hats and join in the group of “Mad Hatters.”

Friday's activities coincide with the start of the Los Altos Village Association-sponsored Summer Sidewalk Sale, running through Aug. 11.

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