Community briefsCouncilman heads League of Cities
Mountain View Vice Mayor Mike Kasperzak was elected to serve as the president for the League of California Cities on Friday, Sept. 23 at the 113th Annual Conference & Expo in San Francisco. After serving the past year as the committee's vice president, Kasperzak advances to his new position on the 2011-12 board of director's executive committee. The new League president will fill the role previously held by Mayor Jim Ridenour of Modesto.
"It is an honor to have Vice Mayor Kasperzak serve as League president. He is an outstanding leader who works tirelessly on behalf of his own city as well as all California cities. Mike takes the reigns of the League at a time of great opportunities." said League Executive Director Chris McKenzie in a statement.
Kasperzak was first elected to the City Council in 1998 and served as mayor in 2003. He has also served a term on board of directors of both the League and the Institute for Local Government.
The League's board works with other California city officials in collaborating on information, ideas, and resources to influence policy decisions that affect cities. Founded in 1898, the League of California Cities' mission is to restore and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy.
Famous dancer at Western Ballet talk
Muriel Maffre, a world-renowned dancer from the San Francisco Ballet, will be the guest speaker at the "Making of a Dancer" (MOD2) lecture and performance event at Western Ballet on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.
Maffre's dedication to the art of dance has won her international competitions as well as a prestigious knighting from the French ministry. For dance fans, she's like an Oscar-winning headliner, organizers said.
Western Ballet will present three other dancers at the event, showcasing members of their own company along with guest artists David Fonnegra (of Diablo Ballet) and Maykel Solas and Junna Ige (of Ballet San Jose).
Local jewelry designer Cynthia Wong has donated a piece of silver jewelry as a raffle prize at the event.
The first MOD event was held in July for a near-capacity crowd. The director of Western Ballet, Alexi Zubiria, shared his story of being orphaned with no resources, yet somehow managing to become a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet.
Western has recently awarded 12 Nina Novak Scholarships to kids from low-income families. This need-based scholarship provides three semesters of dance study (fall, winter, and spring), for girls ages 6-10 and boys ages 6-12. Proceeds from the "Making of a Dancer" series, as well as other community initiatives, support the scholarship program. Tickets for MOD2 are $35 in advance and $45 at the door. Seating is limited.