Leaving law for leadership, LAH resident gives global goals local roots

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Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioner Kavita Tankha expands her reach.

Home design and floor-area ratios may not be a subject that one would expect Kavita Tankha – philanthropist, women’s rights advocate and lawyer – to get excited about, but the Los Altos Hills resident has embraced her seat on the town’s Planning Commission as an extension of her skills at a local level.

“Rules and ordinances are very similar to law,” said Tankha, reflecting on her first term on the volunteer commission that spends hours reviewing applications for building permits. “Working with people and thinking critically are skills similar to those used in a court of law.”


Rotary honors Foothill president for partnership, work with vets

Charles Lindauer/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Rotary Past President John Sylvester, left, and current President Jack Kelly, right, present Foothill College President Judy Miner with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos surprised Foothill College President Judy Miner last week, presenting her with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

“Dr. Miner has been supportive in all our efforts at Foothill College,” said Jack Kelly, current president of the club. “This is a great partnership and it is getting greater. Dr. Miner, we truly appreciate all your efforts partnering with Los Altos Rotary. It’s been wonderful, thank you.”


Rotary announces nonprofit recipients of spring grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded 13 local nonprofit organizations with community grants funded by proceeds from the 2013 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

Rotarians disbursed $17,450 in grants from the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, in amounts ranging from $300 to $4,000.


Emergency response trainees graduate from Los Altos PREPARE

Courtesy of Tom Freed
Community Emergency Response Team trainers from the Santa Clara County Fire Department led graduates of Los Altos PREPARE’s course through 18 hours of training.

Los Altos PREPARE’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently put its students through final field exercises after 18 hours of training.

With help from George Hurst of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, CERT volunteers Leroy Wilkinson and Marsha Hovey, and Los Altos PREPARE staff members, Los Altos CERT graduates received a FEMA CERT Course diploma at their graduation ceremony May 31.


Local dancers showcase skills at annual show

Courtesy of Marti’s Dance Studio
Students at Marti’s Dance Studio in Los Altos prepare for their annual dance show, scheduled Saturday at Foothill College.

Marti’s Dance Studio has scheduled its 39th annual Dance Show Saturday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The school’s Tiny Toes students, 18 months to 2.5 years old, are slated to perform with their parents at 11:30 a.m. A 4 p.m. performance will feature intermediate-level dancers practicing hip-hop and other genres of dance. A 7 p.m. tribute show will showcase performances by graduating seniors. New studio director Brian Rapaido, who focuses on hip-hop, is scheduled to make an appearance with his partner at the annual show.


"World Records" ceremony slated June 28 at museum

Local residents who submitted entries for the “Los Altos World Records” book are invited to an awards ceremony 1-4 p.m. June 28 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Artist Katerina Sedá is slated to present awards at 2 p.m.

More than 250 residents responded to Sedá’s request for records for her “Everything Is Perfect” project, commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” which concluded in March after a five-month run.


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