MVHS String Quartet joins touring company of 'Beatles vs. Stones' show

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Mountain View High musicians Coral Chen, Cecilia Jing, Hannah Spray and Nathan Horowitz are set to play in “Beatles vs. Stones.”

When the touring show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” premieres at Campbell’s Heritage Theatre Sunday, the Mountain View High School String Quartet will join the professional musicians to add orchestral texture to the evening.

The producers of “Beatles vs. Stones” approached Mountain View High orchestra director Jason Kneebone in search of a talented ensemble that could hold its own with a rock band in front of an audience. The show commonly hires a local quartet to augment the production while on tour.

LAHS Marching Band & Color Guard performs new competition show

Courtesy of LAHS Marching Band
The Los Altos High Marching Band and Color Guard performs its field show, “Vertigo,” Oct. 7 at Mountain View High.

The Los Altos High School Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard has scheduled its annual Fall Finale on Nov. 4 at the Los Altos High football field, 201 Almond Ave.

The band will perform its 2017 competition field show, “Vertigo,” at the event, a fundraiser for the Instrumental Music Boosters organization, with proceeds supporting all instrumental music programs at Los Altos High. The event, which begins at 2:15 p.m., will include a marketplace, silent auction and bake sale. After the band’s performance at 3 p.m., audience members will be invited to join the students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.

Author headlines MVLA speaker series

Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “Real American: A Memoir,” is scheduled to speak as part of the MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Lythcott-Haims, the only child of an African-American father and a white British mother, will discuss what it means to be a “real American,” her experiences with racism and micro-aggressions, and what parents can do to foster greater understanding and compassion for individual differences in a racially and culturally diverse community. She will share her journey toward self-acceptance and the healing power of community in overcoming the hurtful isolation of being incessantly considered “the other.”

LAHS hosts Science & Tech Week

Entrepreneur and investor Ali Partovi is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for Los Altos High School’s 12th annual Science & Technology Week 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in the school’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Partovi, CEO of Neo and co-founder of, which sponsors the Hour of Code, has invested in some of high-tech’s most revolutionary companies, including Airbnb, Facebook, Uber and Zappos. His presentation will address computer science as a foundational field and discuss the merits of offering it in the mainstream curriculum of U.S. schools.

MVLA kicks off speaker series

The Mountain View Los Altos Union School District’s 2017-2018 Parent Education Speaker Series launches with Sally P. Springer, Ph.D., UC Davis Associate Chancellor Emerita, discussing “Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View High’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

Springer, who authored a book with the same title as her presentation, aims to help students and families better understand and navigate a process that has become an ordeal rather than a journey to be undertaken with excitement.

Public forum scheduled today to address 10th LASD campus

Creative Facilities Solutions has scheduled a community forum on selecting a site for a 10th Los Altos School District campus 6:30 p.m. today at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Creative Facilities Solutions comprises district parents, community leaders and elected officials who hope to start a dialogue about the best plan for maximizing existing public land to create a 10th school site.

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