Residents gather to celebrate new heritage orchard sign

Bruce Barton/Town Crier

The Los Altos Heritage Orchard has been a registered historic landmark since 1978, but it never had its own sign – until this month. City workers installed the orchard’s first sign – facing San Antonio Road, between city hall and the Los Altos main library – and 79 residents gathered there July 12 to celebrate it. Mayor Lynette Lee Eng attended the impromptu event, biologist Jane Packard brought fresh apricots and local businesswoman Catherine Nunes brought dried ones. Writer Robin Chapman gave a quick talk on the orchard’s history. Other attendees included Margo Horn and Larry Lang from the Los Altos Historical Commission; Elisabeth Ward, executive director of the Los Altos History Museum; Phil Doetsch, the orchard’s orchardist; Lisa Chung, representing State Sen. Jerry Hill’s office; and Pinky Whalen, Los Altos Historic Preservation Award recipient. The Los Altos History Museum plans to hold a more formal dedication ceremony later this summer.

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.


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