Loyola students create colorful collage


Loyola School second-graders help docent Maria Liu of the Los Altos Arts Docents, top center, with a class project, a “Matisse-like” collage, after completing individual collages last month.

MVHS hosts swing dance fundraiser Saturday

A swing dance fundraiser for the Mountain View High School instrumental music program is scheduled 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave.

The school’s jazz bands are set to perform big band music and jazz dance tunes. Free swing dance lessons will be offered before the music starts.

LAEF hosts informational coffee Tuesday

The Los Altos Educational Foundation has scheduled an informational coffee meeting 8:45 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 23) in the Los Altos School District Office Board Room, 201 Covington Ave.

Participants will learn about the foundation and how volunteering a few hours a month could impact education in the district.
LAEF board members, district leaders and district Superintendent Jeff Baier will discuss the partnership between the district and LAEF and the curricula students are being taught.

LAEF seeks volunteers for either a one-time project or throughout the year, including help with social media, marketing, videos, events, office support, school site representation and identifying future board members.

The nonprofit LAEF raises funds to provide staff and programs at all district campuses.

For more information, visit laefonline.net.

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.

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

Courtesy of Andy Nagle
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.

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.”

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