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SCV water district board calls for 20 percent conservation

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors last week lowered its water-use reduction target to 20 percent but emphasized that residents should continue their efforts to conserve amid the ongoing drought.

The district – the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County – serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and 12 other cities.

Los Altos libraries offer free online access to NY Times

All Santa Clara County Library District locations now offer free online access to The New York Times for members.

“We are thrilled to be the first local library to add The New York Times to our list of free online subscriptions available from our virtual library website,” said Nancy Howe, county librarian. “Now, in addition to e-magazines and streaming movie videos and classic TV programs, people can access their own copy of The New York Times daily, anytime, anywhere.”

Free summer concerts on tap Thursdays in Los Altos, Mtn. View

Courtesy of the Peelers’ Facebook page
The Peelers, shown here in action, have the distinction of being scheduled to play at both the Los Altos and Mountain View summer concert series.

The warm air will be crackling with the sounds of live music as both Los Altos and Mountain View launch summer concert series.

The city of Los Altos’ 14th annual Summer Concert Series lineup:

Hams plan for Los Altos' day of need

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Los Altos ham radio operator Dave Ricci volunteered at the Kiwanis Pet Parade with his border collie, Belle this year.

Ham radio operators are a staple, if subtle, sight at the Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade each May – day-glo vested folks with radios dot the parade route and help connect the volunteers who wrangle goats, humans and vintage cars around the downtown triangle.

Many of Los Altos’ radio enthusiasts also turn their skills and equipment to emergency preparedness – and a group of them are developing an emergency communications grid for if and when Los Altos has to rely on civilian airwaves to communicate among emergency sites in town.

Rotary Club of Los Altos awards 18 scholarships

chool Rotary Club scholars, include, from left, Antonia Acevedo Perez, Bailey Thayer, Claudia Gomez, Karla Margarita Leal Hernandez, Guadalupe Garcia, Lorena Rodriguez Ayala, Anna Antonio and Joceline Montebello.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos invested in education by awarding college scholarships to 18 seniors from four local high schools and recognizing four outstanding middle school students May 26 at the Garden House in Shoup Park.

The club raised nearly $25,000 at the 2015 Fine Art in the Park show, which funded the scholarships along with additional donations from individuals.

Los Altos couple honored for volunteer service

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Tom and Karen Smith, left, converse with Dr. Sam Pesner after receiving the Walter and Marie Singer Award.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce honored Tom and Karen Smith for their decades of community involvement Friday at the Chamber’s annual State of the Cities luncheon at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.

The Los Altos couple received the 2016 Walter and Marie Singer Award, given at the luncheon to business leaders who volunteer in the community. The award was named for the late couple, the longtime owners of Los Altos Stationers known for their extensive community involvement.

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