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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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Activist Vargas addresses immigration debate at Morning Forum


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Mountain View High School alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas explained to the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience May 20 why he believes that journalism will be instrumental in helping undocumented residents achieve their dream of becoming U.S. citizens.

At 12 years old, Vargas emigrated from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in the U.S. His grandfather, a security guard, paid $4,500 to buy him a fake green card and passport. However, Vargas didn’t know that he entered the country illegally until he applied for his driver’s license and was told that his green card was a fake.

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TACO: Local orchestra has appetite for imperfection


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Members of the Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra put their spin on classical music at a rehearsal. Despite the modesty implied in the title, the group comprises serious musicians who enjoy playing together.

The Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) comprises a group of musicians who meet monthly to play the classics.

In addition to regular gatherings, where musicians of all ages and skill levels sight-read through arrangements of well-known symphonies, baroque numbers, show tunes and other popular music, the orchestra members have opportunities to perform at other special events.

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