July 4th celebrations set for Saturday Church's long-running pancake breakfast canceled

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“Glorious Fourth” picnic participants take turns trying to knock Police Chief Tuck Younis off his seat in the dunk booth at last year’s event in Shoup Park.

Residents seeking a local celebration to attend on the Fourth of July have several to choose from Saturday, though not as many as in past years. Three long-running celebrations continue this year, while two others have been canceled.

Still going

• The annual Los Altos Hills Fourth of July Parade is scheduled 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Paradegoers will march on Fremont Road, from town hall to Gardner Bullis School, where they will enjoy refreshments and watermelon. Participants are asked to refrain from bringing fossil-fueled vehicles or horses.


Taking it back to 'The Streets': Local filmmaker aims to revive 1970s series 'Streets of San Francisco'

Courtesy of Charles Alley
Charles Alley’s filmmaking company may be based in Mountain View, but he knows all about “The Streets of San Francisco.” He’s rebooting the 1970s TV classic.

When people look for the next hit TV show, they often assume that it will come from Hollywood. But a local filmmaker believes that there’s more than enough stories and talent in the Bay Area to make his proposed series a success.

In the past month, Charles Alley and the team at his Mountain View-based production company have moved into the preproduction phase of their latest project – a reboot of the classic 1970s detective series “The Streets of San Francisco.” They plan to cast and shoot the show in the Bay Area.


Library district's summer programs aim to inspire youth to read

Santa Clara County libraries, including the main and Woodland branches in Los Altos, have issued a “Summer Challenge” with the aim to inspire teens to read.

The “Summer Challenge” program, which runs through Aug. 15, encourages participants to read and discover their inner heroes. Other programs for youth ages 13-18 include tech workshops, henna art and graphic novel workshops.


Photo exhibition opens at Foothill; downtown galleries blossom: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Gallery 9
Artist Kathy Sharpe’s colorful paintings are on display at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos through Aug. 1. A reception for Sharpe is scheduled July 9 at the gallery.

Foothill College presents “Viewpoint: The Foothill College Photographic Portfolio Exhibition” through Aug. 15 at PhotoCentral Gallery, 1099 E St., Hayward.

The exhibition features the work of students seeking their associate degrees or certificates in photography at Foothill under the direction of Kate Jordahl, professor of photography.


Los Altos girl out to 'squash' inequality: 10-year-old raises funds for female players with motto Equal pay for play

Courtesy of Lisa Bardin
Mika Bardin displays a certificate of participation she received at the 2015 U.S. Junior Squash Championships. Although Mika is not competing in the upcoming NetSuite Open Squash Championships, she is helping other female players by raising funds to boost their prize money.

Young Los Altos resident Mika Bardin’s positive energy, indomitable will and athleticism have propelled her to status as one of the highest-ranked players in the sport of squash. She is using some of those same attributes to help other female squash players get “equal pay for play.”

Ten-year-old Mika, ranked No. 14 nationally in her age group, has launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to promote equal pay for women squash players. She did so after noticing that the prize money for men in the 2015 NetSuite Open Squash Championships was $100,000, while the women’s purse was initially $10,000. The event is scheduled Sept. 25-29 at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. This is the first year NetSuite opened the competition to women.


Los Altos women 'Lean In' to advancement at History Museum event

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Myra Nawabi, leader of the Palo Alto Lean In Circle, the largest in the Bay Area, discussed the origins of her group at a June 10 Los Altos History Museum presentation.

It’s well publicized that working women in Silicon Valley are still striving for equal pay for equal work.

What is not as well known is the fact that women are using Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), to develop support groups. The groups – Lean In Circles – encourage women to discuss problems and find solutions that will help them advance professionally and enjoy their days spent in workplaces dominated by men.


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