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Young skaters learn to push, carve and yield downtown

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Skateworks instructor Andrew Langi teaches Mountain View resident Carter Cox, 8, the rules of the sidewalk.

You’ve seen them downtown: pint-sized athletes, decked in pads and helmets, learning the etiquette of four-wheel, two-sneaker navigation from an overseer. But you’re not seeing a “manny” in action – the young men leading pairs of little skaters up and down State Street are skateboard tutors. Through Jason Strubing’s Skateworks, boys and girls (and their parents) book lessons to try on gear and learn the basics of the board.

Beauty for the boardroom: Los Altos startup styles for work, after hours

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The Los Altos-based BFab app builds on Silicon Valley singularities to style everything from participants in an Indian wedding, above, to business leaders going on camera.

Los Altos resident Sharon Cimring met business partner Margo Myers through their teenage daughters. Cimring had worked as a hairdresser in South Africa before moving to the Bay Area, and when they took their daughters for a birthday day out in San Francisco and visited a blow-dry bar just opening in Pacific Heights, they saw a common interest.

“I was a social worker still trying to figure out what to do with my life,” Myers recalled. “Sharon said, ‘Let’s open up something like this in Los Altos.’”

Psychiatry startup incorporates tech to connect

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Savant Care Inc. Operations Manager Laura Jefferson demonstrates the face-tracking technology psychiatrists can employ to help patients recognize emotions and practice meditation.

A Los Altos-based startup is tapping into technology to help measure a person’s wellness from the inside out.

“There’s no thermometer for mental health,” said Laura Jefferson, operations manager of Savant Care Inc. “We’ve been lacking this sort of quantification to track and also predict.”

Hiruko highlights mindful movement

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Hiruko Wellness teaches martial arts to children and adults in private and group lesson.

Vaishu Sirkay is quiet and reserved, but make no mistake – her kicks pack power.

The 11-year-old Almond School student last week practiced mindful movement at Hiruko Wellness, a martial arts school that recently settled into a sunny studio at 255 Second St.

Online network reimagines village marketplace

Judy Kitt’s summer to-do list just got a whole lot shorter.

The Mountain View resident checked off 12 household tasks using Blueberry Home, a new online network marketplace that enables neighbors to pool their home repairs and services.

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