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.

Spirit Week Wildfire Relief Drive brings rival schools together

Spirit Week at Los Altos and Mountain View High schools usually builds to a battle on the football field between the Eagles and the Spartans. While the two teams will still be facing off Saturday, they will be using the game to collaborate as well as compete.

The rival schools will be joined by students from Alta Vista High School – the first time leadership classes from the three schools have worked together – to collect donations for victims of the North Bay fires.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society seeks Student of the Year applicants

Applications are open for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year program, which emphasizes youth empowerment, leadership development and philanthropy.

The program engages local high school students in a seven-week fundraising competition to support the fight against cancer.

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.”

Foothill-De Anza trustee elected to national policy board

Gilbert Wong, Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustee, has been elected to an at-large seat on the Association of Community College Trustees Board of Directors.

ACCT represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees at 1,100-plus community colleges and serves as their voice to the White House, U.S. Congress and Cabinet-level agencies such as the departments of Education and Labor.

LAEF names new executive director

After a summerlong search, the Los Altos Educational Foundation Board of Trustees named Heather Macdonald the organization’s new executive director.

Macdonald has lived in Palo Alto for 23 years, volunteering for local organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the Palo Verde Elementary School PTA and the Sequoia Adult School Scholars. While she originally worked in the corporate world, Macdonald said she felt drawn elsewhere.


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