Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay for Life this weekend

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This year's Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Relay for Life is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday at Egan Middle School, 100 West Portola Ave. The 24-hour event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.


Skate Works co-hosting Summer Spin festival

Skate Works, 379 State St., and Helix, 316 State St., will co-host the Los Altos Summer Spin, a two-day summer festival on State Street in downtown Los Altos, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The event launches summer fun with skateboarding demos and clinics, art exhibits and workshops, spinning toys, and music and dancing in the street. From spinning bicycle wheels to skateboarding contests to yarn spinning and breakdancing, participants can experience the kinetic energy that moves favorite activities and start the season with some serious momentum. All events are open to the public, no preregistration is necessary and admission is “pay what you wish.” For more information, visit skateworks.com.

Helix, the Exploratorium's South Bay community science center, is a hybrid science museum, community science center and retail space powered by the Exploratorium. It combines 25 of the Exploratorium's signature hands-on exhibits with innovative programming for all ages. Family friendly events, workshops and exhibit talks, organized around different themes such as dark, light and attraction are available regularly. For more information, call 559.0821 or visit helixlosaltos.org.

The Exploratorium, located at Pier 15 in San Francisco's Embarcadero, is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world.     For more information, visit exploratorium.edu.

First Friday event celebrates 'June Joy'

This month’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos, feature the theme “June Joy!”

This month’s event emphasizes First Friday shopping for Father’s Day, graduations, weddings and anniversaries, according to event co-organizer Carol Garsten. She said Friday’s event is extended an additional hour due to a city of Los Altos-sponsored concert featuring the House Rockers, 6-7:30 p.m. on the newly installed State Street Green. The green, located on State near the First Street intersection, is closed to auto traffic, with grass covering the street.


Mayors mix triumphs, troubles in 'State of Cities'

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Roy and Maureen Jones accept a congratulatory proclamation from state Assemblyman Rich Gordon after receiving this year’s Walter and Marie Singer Award at the “State of the Cities” event.

While the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills shared primarily positive updates about their respective communities during Friday’s “State of the Cities” event, they were also frank about the challenges ahead.

The annual luncheon, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, also honored Roy and Maureen Jones of All Horizons Travel as recipients of this year’s Walter and Marie Singer Award. Honorees reflect the values of the late couple, who were prominent in both the business and volunteer communities.


Los Altos libraries aim to make summer reading fun for children

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San Francisco Giants fans Will and Jack Park of Los Altos take to the books at the Los Altos main library.

To help cure the ominous “summer slide” pandemic, the Los Altos libraries have scheduled the Children’s Summer Reading Club. The Santa Clara County Library District’s summer reading program, “A Summer of Science,” continues through Aug. 31.

Various events that serve both as education and fun for children of all ages are scheduled at the Los Altos main library at 13 S. San Antonio Road and the Woodland Branch at 1975 Grant Road. The club is free, and participants will have opportunities to win prizes. Programs include visits from the Children’s Discovery Museum and magician Brian Scott.


Los Altos Rotary Club doubles scholarships for local students

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The Rotary Club of Los Altos recognized outstanding local students, including Egan Junior High student Sydney Taylor, shown here with Principal Brenda Dyckman.

Rotary Club of Los Altos Scholarship Chairman Lew Fraser reported that the club nearly doubled the number of college scholarships awarded this year.

Proceeds from the preceding year’s Fine Art in the Park show fund the scholarships. The high level of support at last year’s fundraiser enabled the club this year to offer scholarships to 15 high school seniors, who will benefit from the $22,000 raised at Fine Art in the Park and from private donations in the memory of Charles Cowan, Mary Marley and former Rotary Club of Los Altos President Billy Russell.


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