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'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.

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he studied Latin for eight years and Greek for five. With a knack for foreign languages, Federici pursued international law after graduating from high school. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctorate in international law from the Universitá Cattolica of Milan and a second doctorate in Spanish from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

Friendship blossoms at Fine Art in the Park


Terenia Offenbacker and Nicolas Bremeau

They first met two years ago at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

Los Altos Hills resident Terenia Offenbacker is an accomplished painter who studied art education and art history at universities in Europe. Nicolas Bremeau, a curious then-10-year-old boy, was entranced by her paintings and stopped to study them one-by-one.

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