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February 6, 2023
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Local Scene: Tree lighting on deck; General Plan study session

Tree lighting, holiday party on deck

The Los Gatos Annual Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 3 from 5-7pm at Town Plaza Park. The lighting takes place at 6pm, with free photos with Santa Claus to follow.

The next day, the Promenade street festival will combine the flair of the Los Gatos Summer Promenades, with a few elements of the holiday parade and a European-style artisan and crafts market. It will be held Dec. 4 on North Santa Cruz Avenue. For information, visit losgatoschamber.com.

Study session set on draft General Plan

The Los Gatos Town Council will hold a Dec. 7 study session on the draft 2040 General Plan.

Some of the proposed changes to the plan include:

• New racial, social and environmental justice element

• Increased housing opportunities for mixed use developments in commercial areas and missing middle housing in neighborhoods with design requirements

• New Community Place Districts to provide more objective design standards and focus on community form for all development

• Shift in focus of transportation policies to street design, connectivity and mobility for all users (bicycles, pedestrians, vehicles, etc.) to reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled

• New goals in the environment and sustainability element

• Expanded policies to prepare for wildfire, climate change and community health threats

The meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Zoom. For information, visit losgatos2040.com.

Sexton named to Dean’s List at Stonehill College

Alexandra Sexton of Los Gatos, a member of the Class of 2021, has been named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List at Stonehill College.

To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed all courses for which they were registered.

Stonehill is a Catholic college located near Boston on a 384-acre campus in Easton, Mass.

Representatives re-elected to school district organization committee 

The Santa Clara County Committee on School District Organization will seat three re-elected members on the Committee. An election to seat the candidates was held on Nov. 19. 

There are 11 seats on the County Committee—two from each of the five county supervisorial districts, and one elected at-large. One candidate each from Supervisorial Districts 1, 3 and 5: Denise Ramón Herrera was re-elected to be the representative for the committee for District 1; James Van Pernis ran unopposed and is the committee member representing District 3; Ellen Wheeler was re-elected to be the representative for the committee for District 5. 

The primary responsibility of the County Committee is the reorganization of school districts, through territory transfers and unification.

For information, visit bit.ly/3nJN4QU.

Russian pianist performs in recorded Steinway Society program

Russian pianist Nikolay Khozyainov will perform an All-Chopin program in Steinway Society–The Bay Area’s “Home Concert Hall” series with a recorded performance available online from Dec. 10-13.

The New York Times wrote that the music world was taking notice of the “stunning virtuosity and prodigious technique” of Khozyainov, and audiences agree: they have acclaimed his performances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow.

Born in 1992 in Blagoveshchensk, a city in the Russian Far East, Khozyainov made his debut at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory at the age of 7 and went on to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Khozyainov has won first prizes in many international competitions and was awarded Distinction in the 2010 Fryderyk Chopin Competition, where he was the youngest finalist.

Tickets are $25 for one viewer, or $35 for two or more attendees. Viewers may watch as often as they like during the four-day window.For information, visit steinwaysociety.com or call 408.300.5635.

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