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CHASE on the PLAZA brings memories and music to Los Altos

The third annual CHASE on the PLAZA is scheduled 4-8 p.m. June 14 in the Community Plaza at the corner of State and Main streets in Los Altos. The free concert commemorates the birthday of local teen Chase Rogers, who died of a drug overdose in 2006.

The CHASE (Community Hope and Sober Events) foundation was established in January 2007 following Rogers’ death. A donor-advised fund with the Los Altos Community Foundation, the organization has evolved into a community-based coalition that focuses on initiating opportunities for teens to avoid risky behaviors.

The opening performer for this year's concert is hip-hop rap artist Momo Smitt. Smitt's gritty style is intertwined with a socially conscious message.

Female recording artist Jane Lui will perform her melodic, quirky and nostalgic tunes. A recent San Diego transplant, Lui comes to the Bay Area with a "Best Recording" nomination from the San Diego Music Awards.

Headliner and Los Altos native James Lanman is an indie pop-rock artist. The release of his debut album, "Asphalt Roads," resulted in music videos filmed and produced in Hollywood. His sound is compared to singers Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz.

Since its inception, CHASE has supported several prevention projects, including Teen Talk, a weekly gathering on high school campuses, designed and facilitated by the Community Health Awareness Council. Teen Talk provides a low-key, confidential, small-group environment that allows teens to communicate about challenges and difficulties.

The Knit Together Project brings teens together to knit beanies, which are donated or sold for charities the group selects.

CHASE has pioneered Social Norming, a cutting-edge, evidence-based strategy designed to message and highlight data and information from teens to teens. Los Altos High School will implement a CHASE-sponsored Social Norms program in the fall.

The town of Los Altos Hills will underwrite this year's program. For more information, visit www.chasespace.org.

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