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.

Schools Briefs

MVLA Foundation breaks fundraising record

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation raised nearly $1.6 million for local schools this year, the largest grant in the foundation’s 35-year history.

Funds raised go to the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, where past MVLA grants have been used to reduce class sizes and fund Tutorial Centers, Innovative Learning grants, the AVID college readiness program for underserved students, wellness initiatives and enhancements to the College and Career Centers.

LASD approves districtwide solar project

Schools across the Los Altos School District are expected to shift to solar power starting in early 2018, after the board of trustees unanimously approved an extensive solar construction project at a June 12 meeting.

In accepting a contract with renewable energy company Forefront Power, the district takes its first steps toward installing photovoltaic panels at all nine district schools. Staff hustled to review proposals this spring to take advantage of a short window of favorable PG&E rates.

Drunk Busters offer sobering lesson on risks of impaired driving

/Town Crier Eighth-graders at Blach Intermediate School feel the disorienting effects of Drunk Busters goggles at a recent alcohol education class led by Officer Ryan Langone of the Los Altos Police Department. The goggles, which distort students’ vision, are designed to mimic the effects of intoxication on perception, motor control and response time.

Eighth-graders at Blach Intermediate School reeled, weaved and stumbled recently, simulation goggles strapped to their faces, as participants in a program intended to teach students about the dangers of drunk driving.

Facilitated by Officer Ryan Langone of the Los Altos Police Department, the alcohol and drug education program, which also operates yearly at Egan Junior High and district high schools, uses specialty Drunk Busters goggles and carts to simulate the impairment experienced during alcohol or drug intoxication.

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.

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