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Candidates tackle tough state issues at 24th Assembly forum

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Assembly candidates – from left, Marc Berman, Jay Cabrera, Barry Chang, John Inks, Mike Kasperzak, Seelam Reddy and Vicki Veenker – address the state’s infrastructure challenges.

Eight candidates for the state’s 24th Assembly District seat discussed the myriad growing pains California faces in front of a standing-room-only crowd May 10 at the Mountain View Public Library.

The candidates, including city councilmembers from Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, are vying for Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s seat in the June 7 primary election. Gordon is termed-out next year. The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area co-sponsored the forum with the library.

Local artists make annual pilgrimage to Los Altos Rotary's Fine Art in the Park

Courtesy of Cindy O’Gorman
Los Altos photographer Timon Sloane’s work includes the above shot, “At Peace.” Sloane is set to exhibit his work at this weekend’s Fine Art in the Park show.

The 41st annual Rotary Club of Los Altos Fine Art in the Park event, scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park, attracts artists from near and far.

This year, six artists from Los Altos will showcase their ceramics, jewelry, paintings and photography. More than 170 juried artists are slated to participate, some traveling from as far as Canada. Many of the artists are regional, and the most popular return year after year. Thirty percent of the artists are new to the show this year.

'Fierce advocate' for opportunity named 2016 Champion for Youth

Aila Malik speaks after receiving her 2016 Champion for Youth award at the May 4 Challenge Team breakfast.

Aila Malik is driven by opportunity – and she’s made a career out of providing it for others.

Malik, named this year’s Champion for Youth at the Challenge Team’s annual awards breakfast May 4, has been a “fierce advocate” for equal access to opportunity, according to Christa Gannon, who introduced Malik at the event.

Los Altos hearing clinic all ears for those in need

Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Pacific Hearing Service co-owner and clinical audiologist Jane Baxter, right, helps a woman during a recent trip to Guatemala.

Pacific Hearing Service is helping people hear that may have otherwise been left in silence.

The Los Altos-based audiology clinic has partnered with Entheos Audiology Cooperative in Fort Wayne, Ind., to provide hearing aids for underprivileged children in Jordan and Guatemala.

Age of Champions: Seniors compete for fun and fitness at annual Forum event

Elaine Lawrie/Special to the Town Crier
Gloria Spanier, who lit the cauldron in San Jose for the 1996 Summer Olympics, speaks at The Forum’s Age of Champions April 30. The annual competition encourages seniors to remain active and engage with their neighbors.

The Forum at Rancho San Antonio in Cupertino sponsored its fourth annual Age of Champions April 30. Open to all residents of the senior retirement community, this year’s event drew 128 participants.

“I want everyone to feel the Olympic excitement,” the torchbearer told the crowd. “(You) need to go for the gold. … It’s not just whether you win – it’s the fact that you get out and have the guts to do it.”

There's just no disguising it: Costume Bank seeks volunteers

The Costume Bank in downtown Los Altos seeks volunteers to help in the shop, assist customers and mend and create new costumes.

The Costume Bank is the fund- raising arm of the Assistance League of Los Altos, a community service organization that supports those in need in Los Altos and surrounding towns.

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