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Local artist honored

The Los Altos History Museum honored internationally acclaimed artist Paul Hau on the occasion of his 100th birthday May 18. Hau, a Los Altos resident since 1963, is known for his work combining the Chinese brush tradition with impressionistic art. He is pictured at right, holding a proclamation presented to him by Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins, second from left. Also pictured is Mary Hau, his wife of more than 70 years, and Ed Taft, president of the museum’s board of directors. Hau’s work is featured in museums abroad and locally, including the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art. The museum has scheduled a solo exhibition of Hau’s work Oct. 13 through Nov. 13 in the main gallery of the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

MV named finalist for park and recreation award

The National Recreation and Park Association recently named the city of Mountain View a finalist for its 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.

Founded in 1965, the Gold Medal Awards program honors communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition. Applications are separated into seven classes, with five classes based on population, one on armed forces recreation and one on state park systems.

First Friday organizers enlist community help for event

First Friday organizers hope to take a well-received downtown Los Altos event and make it better. To do that, they need help from local residents.

Beginning with the scheduled First Friday this week, organizers of the monthly downtown promotional events are launching a community fundraising campaign.

Los Altos High student combines dual interests in philanthropy, sports

Apala Egan/Special to the Town Cerier
Krissy Ikeda is a member of the National Charity League and volunteers through school.

Krissy Ikeda’s major passions can be summed up in two words: sports and philanthropy.

The Los Altos High School junior especially enjoys working with children, a passion that led her to visit Nicaragua on a service trip. Through Los Altos High’s One Dollar for Life organization, she traveled to Central America with a team of fellow students to construct an elementary school. Along with other volunteers, she poured concrete for stone blocks they used to build the sturdy structure from the ground up.

LA resident's legacy underwrites YWCA Empowerment Center

In the final days of his battle with cancer in 2014, Los Altos psychiatrist Peter Lucy asked that his inheritance help establish a center that provides low-cost mental health services to women.

Lucy owned three homes, including a Craftsman-style residence on Palo Alto’s Homer Avenue built by his great-uncle circa 1910. Lucy’s original goal was to sell his homes in Los Altos and Mountain View and use the proceeds from the sales and other investments to convert the Homer Avenue house into a mental health and housing facility. He wished to name the facility in memory of his late wife, Linda Haskell, a Los Altos psychiatric social worker killed by a drunk driver in a 1992 accident that also left Lucy with lifelong disabilities.

Cal Water official: Water restrictions likely to ease this summer

California Water Service Co. will likely ease water-use reduction requirements in the wake of a decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to allow water suppliers to set their own conservation targets based on local water supply conditions.

“We believe very strongly that we are still experiencing serious drought conditions in many parts of the state, and we will continue to encourage and support our customers’ efforts to use water efficiently,” said Shannon Dean, Cal Water vice president of corporate communications and community affairs. “However, given the state board’s formula for setting new conservation targets, it is likely that we will suspend surcharges in most, if not all, of our service areas.”

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