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Friendship Force spotlights Brazil


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The Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area is scheduled to commemorate its 31st anniversary with a presentation on Brazilian culture by journalist Christianne González 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

González earned degrees in law and journalism in Brazil. She won the “Banco do Brasil” prize for the best journalistic contribution to culture for an article on author Jorge Amado. She served as a Latin American Fellow for digital literacy research in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University in 2007. In 2008, González founded and became executive editor and media consultant for the San Jose-based Brasil NewsCom, an online media consulting company with operations in São Paulo and Silicon Valley.

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Lean In Circle leader to appear at LA History Museum June 10

Myra Nawabi, the leader of the Bay Area’s largest Lean In Circle, is scheduled to speak 5:30 p.m. June 10 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), inspired Lean In Circles, where women – and some men – gather regularly to encourage each other’s ambitions. The book focuses on changing the conversation from what women can’t do to what women can do. Lean In Circles aim to take the next step, on the premise that if women talk openly about the challenges they face and work together, they can change the trajectory of women in the workplace.

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LA Library screens 'Butterfly Town, USA'

The Los Altos Library and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center have scheduled a screening of the documentary “Butterfly Town, USA” and a discussion with director Dorothy Fadiman 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

“Butterfly Town, USA” follows a community of activists in Pacific Grove working to restore the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary. The film centers on activist Bob Pacelli, who is leading the effort. The film portrays people planting and watering new trees by hand, attending city council meetings to explain their intentions and hosting meetings in the Sanctuary to determine how best to bring attention to the issue of loss of butterfly habitat due to climate change, deforestation and pesticides. Butterfly ecologist Lincoln Brower adds his perspective throughout the film.

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Save the Date

June 13

Relay For Life of Los Altos, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave. The annual event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Information: relayforlife.org/losaltosca.

July 11, 12

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days on Main and State streets between First Street and Edith Avenue in downtown Los Altos. Hosted by the Los Altos Village Association. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

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Community Briefs

Discovery Shop celebrates 50 years

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is scheduled to celebrate its 50th anniversary June 5-7 at 243 Main St., Los Altos.

The event will feature volunteers in 1960s-style clothing, a 1965 Cobra in front of the shop on the first day, daily ’60s trivia for prizes, photos of volunteers from the ’60s and cake.

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Celebrity Forum 2015-2016 lineup includes Maher, Couric


Maher

The 48th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May 2016, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.

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