Community through the eyes of kids


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Los Altos History Museum Co-President Linda Eckols, left, leads students on a tour of their peers’ art at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House last week.

The artists, working in summer school, crafted visual responses to the Los Altos community, creating art that reflects the environment in which they live and study. The Smith House gallery is the first collaboration between the Los Altos Art Docents and the Los Altos History Museum.

Teens and seniors bridge the tech gap



Daniel Hong, a sophomore at Mountain View High, helps a local senior master a technology problem. Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier

Local high schoolers and seniors shared their knowledge last week at an Intergenerational Tech Tutors workshop offered through the Los Altos Senior Program at Hillview Community Center. Teen volunteers from both Los Altos and Mountain View High schools developed the four-week workshop’s curriculum and walked seniors through learning new technical skills, from performing a web search to navigating the wilds of social media.

“You don’t think about it because it seems so natural, but it’s really jargon-heavy,” said city recreation specialist Brandon Council. “(You might say), ‘Go to the search bar,’ but what’s a search bar?”

CSMA presents 'Midsummer Night's Dream'


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Chin-Fei Chan and Meng-Hua Lin, both faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts, are set to perform an evening of music written for flute and piano.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a concert, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Featuring Chin-Fei Chan on the flute and Meng-Hua Lin on piano, the evening’s program will include “Fantaisie” by French composer Philippe Gaubert and “Fantasia” by Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao.

Blach graduation goes on, rain or shine

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Blach's new graduates celebrate festooned with flower and candy leis.

Rain showers dampened outfits but not spirits Thursday as Blach Intermediate School eighth-graders graduated and took their first cautious, slippery steps as newly minted high schoolers.

As relatives huddled beneath umbrellas and covered walkways, the graduating junior high students didn’t budge from their seats, despite the inclement weather.

LA Art Docents showcase talent


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Almond School students and their families take in the sights at the final art show of the year May 25. The Los Altos Art Docents, who teach hundreds of art lessons in the Los Altos School District annually, host biennial art shows to display the work of every student.

Covington fair celebrates diverse cultures


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The Covington School choir colorfully costumed for its Multicultural Fair, treats listeners to an arrangement of a Justin Timberlake tune at the May 5 event.

Covington School students and their families snacked on samosas, collected stamps in specially made passports, learned about other cultures and watched a colorful array of musical and dance performances May 5 at the school’s bustling Multicultural Fair.

Flags fluttered above parent-manned booths representing countries from Indonesia to Moldova, and bright, multisensory displays helped students learn about other parts of the world.


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