AAUW hosts co-founder of startup designed to boost girls' tech skills

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Alice Brooks, co-founder of Roominate, discusses the importance of exposing girls at an early age to the basic principles of building and design.

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women hosted a presentation by Alice Brooks, co-founder of the girls-centric startup Roominate, Sept. 13 at the Hillview Community Center Social Hall.

The audience of approximately 40 included AAUW members, girls involved in the organization’s Tech Trek camp and their parents.


New book provides understanding of the Internet for adults, children: Los Altos digital media author Sarah Granger answers TC's questions


Los Altos resident Sarah Granger, a self-described digital native, celebrated the launch this month of her first solo book, “The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life – Online and Off” (Seal Press, 2014).

Covering topics as basic as how to set up appropriate and effective digital profiles to navigating the challenges of children in cyberspace, Granger’s book attempts to answer the questions provoked again and again by the World Wide Web.


City council candidates weigh in on top priorities

Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 4 election. To preview the Oct. 1 Los Altos Council Candidates Forum on Downtown Vibrancy and Sustainability, the candidates answered the following question in 50 words or less.


Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos marks centennial Sept. 21

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“The Little Brown Church,” above in black and white, was built in 1914. Below, the church is rebuilt in 1957. At bottom, a youth group at the church has fun in a photo from the 1970s.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is scheduled to host a community worship service and social event to commemorate its 100th anniversary 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the church, 858 University Ave.

At its founding in 1914, the church, commonly known as “The Little Brown Church,” was located at Third and Whitney streets, adjacent to San Antonio Road.


Shifting into 70: Los Altos resident celebrates birthday with Yosemite ride

Courtesy of Mary Ann Bogart
Cousins Mary Ann Bogart (blond) and Pegi Wheeler chronicle stops during their cycling trip to Yosemite.

Cousins Mary Ann Bogart, a 69-year-old Los Altos resident, and Pegi Wheeler, a 54-year-old San Jose resident, share a unique tradition. Every 10 years since 1994, the two women trek the nearly 200 miles to Yosemite National Park on their bicycles.

The trips mark Bogart’s Sept. 15 birthday. This year, the women are scheduled to celebrate Bogart’s 70th bash Thursday with their usual 2.5 day journey across steep mountains and through unpredictable weather and terrain. The payoff? The satisfaction of completing the physical feat and a night at the Ahwahnee Hotel where their loved ones will greet them with cheers of support.


Local resident follows calling to Peace Corps

Courtesy of Malcolm Alugas
Malcolm Alugas, left, of Los Altos, shown here with his family, is scheduled to head overseas next month.

Malcolm Alugas didn’t venture far from his California roots in his early years, but at the age of 24, the Los Altos resident is preparing to depart for an experience that is literally a world away. In October, Alugas will travel to Gambia to begin 27 months of service with the Peace Corps.

Although the thought of joining the Peace Corps has been in the back of his mind for some time – since he graduated in 2012 with a degree in communication from Saint Mary’s College of California – it was a deliberate break from his budding career as a semiprofessional soccer player that led him to this new life commitment. Alugas submitted his application for the Peace Corps in November and began exploring possible assignments this spring.


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