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Environmental Volunteers explains its mission at 'Wake Up to Nature'


Courtesy of Karen Purtich
Youth volunteer Charin Park reflects on her experiences working with Environmental Volunteers.

More than 250 local residents attended “Wake Up to Nature” May 6, Environmental Volunteers’ annual fundraising breakfast.

The nonprofit organization shared its mission with guests: to promote understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science and nature education via classroom-based programs, summer camps and its EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

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2014 Mayors' Choice Awards announced

Thirteen former mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills in addition to the two current incumbents selected their favorite works of art from those featured at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show May 17 and 18.

Lou Becker selected Annette Hammer’s painting; Marge Bruno: Joan Ragno’s wearable textiles; Val Carpenter: Andy Brune’s sculpture; David Casas: Jacqueline Deely’s photography; Roger Eng: Kathy Ross’ mixed media; Bob Grimm: Michael Ezzell’s sculpture; Francis LaPoll: Andrew Butler’s photography; Penny Lave: Jeff Owen’s metal; Roy Lave: Andy Byrne’s sculpture; Thomas McReynolds: Victor Dinovi’s woodwork; Jean Mordo: Krista Sheldon’s painting; Mary Van Tamelen: Peter and Nancy Zajda’s stained glass; and Frank Verlot: Terry Steinke’s printmaking.

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Mayors mix triumphs, troubles in 'State of Cities'


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Roy and Maureen Jones accept a congratulatory proclamation from state Assemblyman Rich Gordon after receiving this year’s Walter and Marie Singer Award at the “State of the Cities” event.

While the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills shared primarily positive updates about their respective communities during Friday’s “State of the Cities” event, they were also frank about the challenges ahead.

The annual luncheon, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, also honored Roy and Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel as recipients of this year’s Walter and Marie Singer Award. Honorees reflect the values of the late couple, who were prominent in both the business and volunteer communities.

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Los Altos libraries aim to make summer reading fun for children


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San Francisco Giants fans Will and Jack Park of Los Altos take to the books at the Los Altos main library.

To help cure the ominous “summer slide” pandemic, the Los Altos libraries have scheduled the Children’s Summer Reading Club. The Santa Clara County Library District’s summer reading program, “A Summer of Science,” continues through Aug. 31.

Various events that serve both as education and fun for children of all ages are scheduled at the Los Altos main library at 13 S. San Antonio Road and the Woodland Branch at 1975 Grant Road. The club is free, and participants will have opportunities to win prizes. Programs include visits from the Children’s Discovery Museum and magician Brian Scott.

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Los Altos Rotary Club doubles scholarships for local students


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The Rotary Club of Los Altos recognized outstanding local students, including Egan Junior High student Sydney Taylor, shown here with Principal Brenda Dyckman.

Rotary Club of Los Altos Scholarship Chairman Lew Fraser reported that the club nearly doubled the number of college scholarships awarded this year.

Proceeds from the preceding year’s Fine Art in the Park show fund the scholarships. The high level of support at last year’s fundraiser enabled the club this year to offer scholarships to 15 high school seniors, who will benefit from the $22,000 raised at Fine Art in the Park and from private donations in the memory of Charles Cowan, Mary Marley and former Rotary Club of Los Altos President Billy Russell.

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'What Is SMA?' debuts on KMVT


Linda Shively, host of “AAUW Connections,” left, moderates a panel of experts in the fight against spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Participants include, from left, Dick and Pat Wolff, financial director and chair of the regional Walk-n-Roll SMA fundraiser, and Shriya Shah and son Sohum.

Marge Shively of Los Altos and her daughter Linda continue to raise awareness about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer of children under 2. They are now publicizing their cause via the medium of public access television.

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