Schola music director Wait takes his final bow Friday


After 30 years as music director for choral ensemble Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley, Gregory Wait is retiring. For his swan song, Wait will conduct “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms in a free concert scheduled 8 p.m. Friday at Stanford Memorial Church.

“Ein deutsches Requiem” translates to “A German Requiem,” but, according to Wait, Brahms would have preferred naming it “A Human Requiem.” Based on texts the composer chose from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible, the piece expresses Brahms’ own experiences of grief and consolation.

Friends' Books for Schools fund supports underserved schools

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books teachers purchase for their classrooms at its used-book sales.

The fund enables Friends of the Library to invite teachers from public K-8 schools to attend the sales and purchase books without having to pay for them out of their own pocket.

MV author McPhail appears at Books Inc. Thursday evening

Local author Donald McPhail is scheduled to celebrate his latest release 7 p.m. Thursday at Books Inc., 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

“The Guest from Johannesburg,” a sequel to McPhail’s “The Millionaire’s Cruise,” is both an anti-war novel and a love story. With the backdrop of the Pacific wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – readers follow the lives of a South African Pan American World Airways executive and his wife, a heroic nurse. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, the historical novel offers hope as it takes on the horrors of war.

Confronting Domestic Violence: Abuse victims aim to find pathways to their freedom


This is the first in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

Rotary Art Show features painter of Chinese legends

“Moon Rising” is among the works of painter Caroline Young. Young is among more than 160 artists scheduled to show their creations at this weekend’s Fine Art in the Park event at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. Courtesy of Cindy Bogard-O’Gorman

More than 160 artists are preparing to display their work at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 44th annual Fine Art in the Park show 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln Park. Chinese-American painter Caroline Young is among them.

Young depicts centuries-old Chinese legends in her intricate paintings. Raised in Hong Kong by American-born parents, she became intrigued by traditional stories explaining the mysteries of the universe, stories that have molded generations of children immersed in Chinese culture.

Rotary talk addresses end-of-life legislation

Because it can be hard to discuss death and the decisions around it, hospitals and medical staff encourage the use of advance care directives. However, many people still wonder whether their directive for a peaceful death will be respected.

The difficulty in discussing the topic prompted the Rotary Club of Los Altos to invite Kim Callinan, CEO of the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, to speak at the club’s May 2 meeting about the work her group does to improve end-of-life care options.

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