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Summer Reading Challenge underway at Los Altos libraries

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers students the opportunity to boost their reading skills and participate in summer challenges at the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries. Adults also may participate.

“Summer is the time to explore new things and visit new places. Luckily, anyone can do this with a visit to the library,” said Courtenay C. Corrigan, Joint Powers Authority board member for the library district and a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council. “Children who spend time reading over the summer or engage in some form of educational activity have been found to be better prepared for school in the fall.”

LAHS student's volunteerism earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

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Terence Lee, center, wearing his Congressional Award Gold Medal, is flanked by Congressional Award Chairman Paxton K. Baker, left, and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.

With Silicon Valley hailed as the technology capital of the world, it would seem just about everyone here owns a computer. It’s a necessity for most – required to type up a resume, send an email to a co-worker or conduct online research for an essay.

For some people, however, a computer is a luxury they cannot afford.

Antiques guru to evaluate treasures at History Museum


Antiques adviser and appraiser Steve Yvaska is scheduled to headline the fundraiser “Let’s Talk Antiques” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Yvaska, author of The Mercury News’ “The Seasoned Collector” column, will offer casual evaluations of one personal antique per guest.

Pat Figueroa: Former MV mayor inspired others through service

Mrs. Figueroa

Pat Figueroa, who served on the Mountain View City Council for 18 years, died June 24. Mrs. Figueroa was 73.

From the moment she stepped up in 1979 to fill an open council seat, Mrs. Figueroa demonstrated her love for the city of Mountain View in everything she did. She was an inspiration to colleagues and members of the community in serving nearly 18 years as a councilwoman (1979-1988, 1990-1999), including two stints as mayor (1982, 1995).

Nature inspires work of artists exhibiting at Los Altos galleries

"Forest Jewel” by Nicole Jakaby is among the works on display in July at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery has scheduled “Hemispheres,” an exhibition of watercolor work by artist Veronica Gross, through July 30 at the gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

Transparent watercolors are Gross’ primary medium, according to the artist. She prefers the inspirational immediacy of plein-air painting. She is most inspired, she said, when engaged in outdoor activities such as traveling, backpacking, hiking and skiing. Gross captures all of these themes in “Hemispheres.”

Los Altos main library hosts program on sharpening memory

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation on ways to sharpen memory 7-8:30 p.m. July 28 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Ashok Jethanandani’s presentation will explore ayurvedic recommendations of foods, habits and remedies to preserve and sharpen the memory and intellect.

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