Elementary and junior high school choirs harmonize in joint performance

Choirs from six Los Altos schools perform in a 260-strong combined chorus at last month’s showcase, with participants ranging in age from first to eighth grades.

The Egan Junior High School auditorium filled with song March 29 as 260 local elementary and junior high students brought their voices together at the fifth annual Los Altos School District Choral Showcase.

Joining their Egan hosts were choral groups from Blach Intermediate School, Bullis Charter, Covington, Oak Avenue and Springer elementary schools, with singers ranging from grades 1 to 8.

Olympic athlete visits Bullis Charter School

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U.S. Olympian Ashton Eaton encourages Bullis Charter School students earlier this month.

The excitement was palpable when U.S. Olympian Ashton Eaton visited Bullis Charter School earlier this month.

Eaton is a decathlete and two-time Olympic champion, winning gold at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. He is often referred to as the “World’s Greatest Athlete” for his dominance in the 10-event decathlon and his world records in both the decathlon and indoor heptathlon.

CSMA hosts event highlighting art benefits for kids with autism

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled the presentation “Music and Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers” 7:30 p.m. Monday in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Music educator Ryan Hourigan, director of the Ball State University School of Music, and licensed music therapist Amy Hourigan will offer insight into how the arts can assist parents and caregivers in connecting and engaging with their children.

Youth Drama for All celebrates 10 years with new show in Mtn. View

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Youth Drama for All students learn choreography for their new production, “Planet Fizz,” scheduled to debut Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Although Youth Drama for All sprang from humble beginnings with an audience of 20 in a local living room, the inclusive theater troupe is scheduled to perform its 10th production Sunday at the 600-seat Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

The nonprofit Youth Drama for All aims to bridge the communities of general-education and special-needs students with theatrical performances featuring a cross section of students.

Los Altos High Water by Youth club hosts 'Gallon Gala'

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The Water by Youth club at Los Altos High School sponsors the “5 Gallon Gala” to raise money for the nonprofit Charity: Water, which aims to provide clean-water solutions to the developing world.

Supporting their mission to raise money and awareness of the world’s water crisis, members of Los Altos High School’s Water by Youth have scheduled their second “5 Gallon Gala” 7-10 p.m. March 11 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge.

Water by Youth encourages students to fundraise in support of efforts aimed at bringing clean water to Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America. To date, the group has raised more than $31,000 and contributed to the construction of six wells in Uganda, Malawi and Rwanda.

CSMA hosts student art show in MV

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Montclaire Elementary School students – from left, Petros K., Libby F., Tyler L., Mabel T. and Thalia O. – display their Arts4All creations featured in the CSMA show in Mountain View this month.

The Community School of Music and Arts and the city of Mountain recently unveiled a new exhibition – “A Line Runs Through It!” – featuring artwork created by faculty and students in CSMA’s Art4Schools program in local elementary and middle schools.

The display is scheduled to run through Feb. 28 in the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro St. City hall hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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