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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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Second Harvest Food Bank kicks off Stand Up for Kids campaign

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties invites Los Altos area residents to participate in an ongoing Stand Up for Kids campaign, co-chaired by Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and founder of the Lean In organization, and John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc.

“In an area where this community has so much, there are still so many people – and 100,000 children – who are relying on Second Harvest for food every month,” Sandberg said. “It’s our responsibility to make sure Second Harvest has the resources it needs to provide all of the food for all of these families.”

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Volunteers help seniors with tech tools


Courtesy of John Williams/PAMF
Vicko Matulovic, center, receives help from Dr. Albert Chan of PAMF, left, and Yatin Bhat, Bullis Charter School sixth grader, right, during the “Tech Day for Older Adults” at the Los Altos Senior Center May 17. The event was made possible by a consortium of schools, businesses and nonprofits dedicated to helping seniors learn to use today’s technology. The “Tech Day” drew approximately 60 older adults.

More than 60 local seniors improved their abilities to use personal computing devices at “Tech Day for Older Adults” at the Los Altos Senior Center May 17.

The free service project was co-hosted by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation linkAges TimeBank and the Los Altos Recreation Department. Partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age Friendly Excellence and the Stanford Alumni Association.

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