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Los Altos foundation awards $100,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 20 local nonprofit groups aimed at helping vulnerable populations, education, the environment and the arts.

The foundation’s Community Grants program supports activities, including:

How activists saved SF's cable cars: Presentation focuses on need for preservation

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Rick Laubscher headlines a Los Altos Forward Community Conversation on San Francisco’s preservation of cable cars and streetcars April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

Historian and author Rick Laubscher shared his vast knowledge of San Francisco’s vintage cable cars and streetcars in his presentation “How San Francisco Saved Its Heart,” part of Los Altos Forward’s Community Conversation series, April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

As president of the Market Street Railway Foundation, he works with San Francisco’s Muni to preserve what are now among the city’s most important attractions.

Rotary Club of Los Altos names Young at Art contest winners

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has selected 15 winning entries in its 2016 High School Young at Art Contest.

The top two works from artists in each of the six participating local high schools in the area were voted as first or second place from the five entries from each school. The Rotary Club’s seven-member jury selected the winners. First-place winners receive a $150 stipend toward college expenses and second-place winners receive $100.

LA Historical Commission announces essay winners

The Los Altos Historical Commission recently selected winners of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest.

Students in grades 3-6 were eligible to participate in the contest, which required them to write about “Traditions and Stories That Celebrate Your Ancestry.”

Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition

Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remember using smiley-face stickers with colors on the keys,” he said.

New artists, experiences highlight this year's Fine Art in the Park

Courtesy of Shawn Harris
“Keepers of the Candles,” a photography-based work by Shawn Harris, is among the new artwork slated for display and sale at this year’s Fine Art in the Park event.

Lincoln Park in Los Altos will be chock-full of activity May 14 and 15 as more than 170 juried artists participate in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

The 41st annual open-air art show will offer new experiences, according to organizers. Coordinators Royce Cablayan and Carol Dabb have sought out new artists to exhibit their work.

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