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Los Altos clubs join forces to salute local veterans for miltary service


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Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen, left, and U.S. Navy commanding officer Raymond Stromberger, right, speak at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 10.

Flags flew high as the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs honored 46 local veterans from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Garden House at Shoup Park Nov. 10.

Rotarian Dick Henning opened the program, telling the vets that the service club members appreciated their military service and recognized that “freedom is not free.”

Art historian paints picture of Impressionism in Morning Forum talk


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Art historian Brigid Barton, Ph.D., offered her impressions of the rise of Impressionism in the presentation “The New Paris and Impressionism” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 15.

Barton is Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Clara University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She also teaches in the Stanford University Continuing Studies program and at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She studied at Columbia University’s Barnard College and earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley.

After 20 years, Day Worker Center serves as 'beacon' in Mtn. View


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Mountain View City Councilman Ken Rosenberg honors Day Worker Center Executive Director Maria Marroquin at the center’s 20th anniverary celebration.
 

Employers come to the Day Worker Center in Mountain View to find casual labor – movers, gardeners and cleaners. Workers come in search of a safe space, where rates are negotiated and people can watch each other’s backs.

But they are not the only ones who turn to the center, which after 20 years in operation has become a site of community organizing and advocacy for residents of all kinds.

MERIT program helps teachers incorporate technology


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Members of this year's MERIT graduating class gather for a group photo earlier this year.
 

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2016 update: The MERIT program has always been an incubator for the wide array of innovative professional development programs offered at KCI. Administrators continue to update the curriculum according to educational trends, and this year added a focus on computer science, computational thinking and design thinking.

Teen hopes Star Trek Club lives long and prospers


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A trip to the “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, above, inspired Los Altos Hills high school student Angeline Chen to start her own Star Trek Club.
 

When teenager Angeline Chen first discovered the “Star Trek” TV series, she was hooked almost immediately.

“When I started watching ‘Star Trek’ … I felt like the (Starship) Enterprise was a second home to me,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “I didn’t really feel that way for other (shows), and I soon realized that was because the characters’ very strong sense of family and friendship made it seem like home.”

Veterans Resource Center helps ground student vets at Foothill College


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Student veterans use the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College to facilitate their transition back to civilian and academic life. The center offers vets counseling and access to mental and physical health resources.
 

• Mission: The Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College provides programs and support that help former members of the U.S. Armed Forces transition to civilian life. Veterans specialist Julie Brown views the office as a “one-stop shop” where veterans can receive college counseling and help finding living arrangements in a difficult housing market, accessing mental and physical health resources and making professional connections.

• 2016 update: The longtime leader of the center, Carmela Xuereb, retired in 2016.


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