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'What Is SMA?' debuts on KMVT


Linda Shively, host of “AAUW Connections,” left, moderates a panel of experts in the fight against spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Participants include, from left, Dick and Pat Wolff, financial director and chair of the regional Walk-n-Roll SMA fundraiser, and Shriya Shah and son Sohum.

Marge Shively of Los Altos and her daughter Linda continue to raise awareness about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the leading genetic killer of children under 2. They are now publicizing their cause via the medium of public access television.

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Los Altos main library introduces 3-D printing

The Los Altos main library has scheduled a session on 3-D printing for the home hobbyist 7 p.m. June 24 in the Program Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The program, conducted by industrial artist and designer Ellie Lawson, will include an overview of 3-D printing options suitable for anyone.

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Celebrity Forum announces speakers for 2014-2015 series


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The 47th Annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May 2015, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

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

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Activist Vargas addresses immigration debate at Morning Forum


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Mountain View High School alumnus and Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas explained to the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience May 20 why he believes that journalism will be instrumental in helping undocumented residents achieve their dream of becoming U.S. citizens.

At 12 years old, Vargas emigrated from the Philippines to live with his grandparents in the U.S. His grandfather, a security guard, paid $4,500 to buy him a fake green card and passport. However, Vargas didn’t know that he entered the country illegally until he applied for his driver’s license and was told that his green card was a fake.

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"Sleep hygiene" discussed at upcoming meeting of A.W.A.K.E.

The Silicon Valley A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic) group has scheduled sleep specialist Vadim Kagramanov, M.D., to discuss “Sleep Hygiene – The Healthy Habits of Good Sleep” 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday in conference rooms A and B at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Kagramanov, who works at PAMF’s Sunnyvale Sleep Center, will define what is considered normal as far as sleep is concerned and recommend ways to improve sleep without medications.

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TACO: Local orchestra has appetite for imperfection


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Members of the Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra put their spin on classical music at a rehearsal. Despite the modesty implied in the title, the group comprises serious musicians who enjoy playing together.

The Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) comprises a group of musicians who meet monthly to play the classics.

In addition to regular gatherings, where musicians of all ages and skill levels sight-read through arrangements of well-known symphonies, baroque numbers, show tunes and other popular music, the orchestra members have opportunities to perform at other special events.

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