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LAUMC invites residents to volunteer for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is taking a week off from its regularly scheduled worship services to serve others in a hands-on way Sunday.

The church has dedicated this week through Sunday to Compassion Week, seven days of volunteer service opportunities, and invites local residents to participate.

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Community Briefs

Speaker to address housing crisis

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a “Community Conversation” with John Barton on “The Housing Crisis That Could Ruin Our Economy” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Helix Community Science Center, 316 State St., Los Altos.

Barton, director of Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program, is a former member of the Palo Alto City Council.

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Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

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Museum exhibition tackles 'The Lure & the Legends' that made Silicon Valley: Ambitious project tells pioneers' stories via range of features


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“The Lure & the Legends” organizers gather in the exhibition’s parametric structure Friday. Pictured are, front row, from left: Donald Sibbett, Julie Rose, Paula Tuerk, Trudi Brossard and Lou Brossard. Back: Jason Reiner, Jennifer Miller, Rosie Birnel, Kathy Lera, Carolyn Snyder, Al Bagley, Nan Geschke, Bob Grimm, Cris Johnson, Judy Dahl and Chuck Geschke.

The story of Silicon Valley is now legendary, with its transition from ranchland and orchards to high-tech mecca told countless times and its innovations well chronicled.

But the stories of the people behind the Apple iPhones, Google searches, Adobe software and other world-changing advances haven’t been told nearly as often.

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Seeking STEM museum inspiration, Kenyan scientist stops in Los Altos


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Serah Waithera Kahiu, center, chats with Los Altos History Museum volunteers, including Nomi Trapnell, left, during a reception at the museum last week.

As a curious 5-year-old in Kenya, Serah Waithera Kahiu wondered why her shadow followed her during the day but not at night. To help her understand the science behind the phenomenon, Kahiu’s father placed a lamp in front of her hand to illustrate how illumination created a shadow on the wall behind her.

The lesson not only shed light on the subject, but also foreshadowed Kahiu’s career in and devotion to science.

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Council candidates discuss investment in south Los Altos


Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.

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