Rotary Club of Los Altos awards student scholarships

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded scholarships to 17 local high school seniors May 21.

Proceeds from the club’s annual Fine Art in the Park show underwrite the annual scholarships. With three private donations supporting the Billy Russell, Charles Cowan and Kenneth W. Gjerseth scholarships, the total disbursed this year reached an all-time high of $26,100.


From Silicon Valley to 'Silicon Valley': Los Altos native Chang guest stars on HBO comedy

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Chang
Los Altos area native Joshua Chang is finding success in the tough-to-crack entertainment industry. Chang attended Egan Junior High, Gunn High School and Stanford University.

After years in Los Angeles pursuing an acting career, Joshua Chang has returned to Silicon Valley – only this time, it’s on TV.

Chang, who lived in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills as a youth, recently guest-starred on “Silicon Valley,” HBO’s critically acclaimed satire of the tech industry and Bay Area culture.


Liberian-born journalist and author appears at Morning Forum


Liberian-born journalist Helene Cooper used vivid storytelling and warm humor in her June 2 Morning Forum of Los Altos appearance to explain how Liberia’s violent civil war led her to leave her native country when she was 14 years old and how a near-death experience in Iraq 23 years later compelled her to return.

Cooper, a descendant of freed slaves who founded Liberia in the early 1800s, is Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times and author of the memoir “The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood” (Simon & Schuster, 2008).


Open space district vision plan creates trails, wildlife corridors

The map shows projects set to take place under the Midpeninsula open space district’s vision plan.

A $300 million bond measure approved by voters a year ago will forge more than 200 miles of trails, create wildlife corridors and open 20,000 acres of land within the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the Los Altos-based organization announced last week.

The improvements are to be accomplished through 25 of 54 projects detailed in a vision plan the district unveiled June 8. The top 25 projects are considered “priority actions,” or those in which public interest and the return on investment are deemed highest, and it’s the district’s intention to complete them within five years. The remaining projects will be completed as time and funding allow.


E3 Youth Philanthropy program awards grants to local nonprofits

E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, recently awarded $10,000 in grants to seven local nonprofit organizations whose projects address education, human rights and economic justice.

E3 – which aims to educate, engage and empower – awarded grants to STEMist Doll; Kick, Lead, & Dream Soccer; My New Red Shoes; Math Unboxed; Cops and Gobblers; Spice Ain’t Nice; and the Adolescent Counseling Services Outlet Program.


Watercolors highlight exhibitions

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Nancy Calhoun’s “Baynac to the Top,” is on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

Gallery 9

Artist Carol Hake’s still-life paintings are on display at Gallery 9 through June 27.

Former Los Altos resident Kathy Sharpe follows with an exhibition of new work, “Color and Complexity,” scheduled June 30 through Aug. 1 at the gallery. A reception for Sharpe is slated 5-8 p.m. July 9. Sharpe’s paintings feature impressionistic florals and gardens.


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