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Making history

Members of the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum’s Education Committee honored winners of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest at a reception at the History Museum May 10. Pictured in the front row, from left, are first-place winners Cooper Han, third grade; John Selden, fourth grade; Alexander Shen, fifth grade; and Emily Han, sixth grade. In the middle are second-place winners Alec Van Kerckhove, sixth grade; Ashwin Itty, third grade; Annie Schwartz, fifth grade; Katie Noble, fourth grade; and Audrey Hollenbeck, fourth grade. In the back are third-place winners Clark Ian Avery, sixth grade; Carly Schwaab, fourth grade; Parisa Braun, fifth grade; Alexandra Nakamoto, third grade; and Abby Hyver, fifth grade. John and Alexander are holding the trophy presented to Gardner Bullis School, the school with the most winners. After the reception at the museum, students attended the Los Altos City Council meeting, where they were congratulated by Mayor Jeannie Bruins and given cash awards for their efforts: first-place winners received $50; second place, $30; and third place, $20.

Mountain View author Tabazadeh headlines Voices for Peace event

The Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace have scheduled a presentation by author Azadeh Tabazadeh 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Tabazadeh, a Mountain View resident, is author of “The Sky Detective: A Memoir of How I Fled Iran and Became a NASA Scientist” (iUniverse, 2015).

Former Apple VP to speak at AAUW tea

The American Association of University Women is scheduled to present this year’s Tech Trek Science Camp scholars at its annual Tech Trek Tea 3:30-5 p.m. today at Play! Los Altos, 170 State St.

The event, which will honor girls from middle schools in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, is co-sponsored by the Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the AAUW.

Rotary Club awards grants to nonprofit groups

The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund awarded $22,125 to representatives from eight local nonprofit organizations April 21.

This year’s grant recipients:

Candidates tackle tough state issues at 24th Assembly forum

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Assembly candidates – from left, Marc Berman, Jay Cabrera, Barry Chang, John Inks, Mike Kasperzak, Seelam Reddy and Vicki Veenker – address the state’s infrastructure challenges.

Eight candidates for the state’s 24th Assembly District seat discussed the myriad growing pains California faces in front of a standing-room-only crowd May 10 at the Mountain View Public Library.

The candidates, including city councilmembers from Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, are vying for Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s seat in the June 7 primary election. Gordon is termed-out next year. The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area co-sponsored the forum with the library.

Community Briefs

Library presentation covers monkeyflowers

Botanist Steve Schoenig is scheduled to discuss “Monkeyflowers in Flux” 7:30-9 p.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Schoenig is the California Native Plant Society’s rare plant treasure hunt botanist. He has a 30-year interest in native California plants, with a special focus on the monkeyflower genus Mimulus and endemic plants of the three California deserts.

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