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Costume Bank gears up for Halloween with wide selection, extended hours


Photo Courtesy of Costume Bank
“Game of Thrones”-themed attire, above, can be found at the Costume Bank of Los Altos.

Halloween has arrived at Los Altos’ Costume Bank, the nonprofit enterprise that suits up cosplayers and trick-or-treaters alike – for a cause.

In addition to rental and for-sale costumes, towering displays of wigs, masks and accessories ranging from false teeth to face paint fill the store. Volunteers act as personal shoppers, helping hunt through the thousands of costumes for the right size, concept or combination. Even demoralized minimalists can find a source of solace – volunteer Katie Hammerson said she has helped the costume-averse cobble together a “bare minimum” outfit to fulfill the demands of an event.

Stanford physician headlines Nature Gallery event in Los Altos


Courtesy of Carol Garsten
Dr. Peter Koltai, right, and another sculptor stand with Koltai’s turtle sculpture.

As part of Nature Gallery’s 30th anniversary season, Peter Koltai, M.D., is scheduled to discuss “Spirit in Stone” 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the shop, 296 State St., Los Altos.

Although Koltai is a children’s ear nose and throat doctor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, he discovered an additional passion on a 2015 trip to Africa – sculpting.

At The Library

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 24: A book discussion for adults centers on Fiona Barton’s novel “The Widow.” Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Los Altos main library Reference Desk.

Lions Club meets in Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Lions Club meets 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of each month at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.

Founded in 1917, the service club is known for helping the visually impaired, but members also are involved in projects supporting the elderly and the disabled.

Swan song: After years of high school choirs, LAH native sets her sights on opera career


Courtesy of Savannah Swan
Savannah Swan’s passion for singing has taken her from Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers to Opera San Jose.

From her debut on stage with her local church choir to her most recent performance with Opera San Jose, Savannah Swan has always had a passion for singing.

“I always knew that I loved singing and being up on stage and making people feel something,” the Los Altos Hills native said.

Foothills Congregational hosts justice forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled “A Forum on Justice Issues: The Courts” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The first in a series of forums on issues of justice in the region will focus on the Santa Clara County courts and jail system.

The Hon. Shelyna V. Brown will discuss the pioneering efforts of the county in local reforms. Brown has been on the bench for six years and previously practiced as a public defender for Santa Clara County. She will address topics such as understanding the court system, bail reform, delayed justice and improving educational opportunities to assist inmates in gaining a better life after incarceration.

In keeping with the traditions of Foothills Congregational Church, the forum will include open discussion on topics that lead to improvements in social circumstances for all.

            For more information, visit foothills-church.org.


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