World Affairs guests hear challenges of reporting overseas

A Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council panel recently offered a rare glimpse of what it’s like for journalists to work in foreign countries. Nearly 100 people attended the “Authentic Voices from the International Press” event, held April 1 at the Los Altos Youth Center.

The panel featured three journalists from Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program – Izabela Moi of Brazil, Dickens Olewe of Kenya and Najia Ashar of Pakistan. The panelists described the living conditions and their professional situations in their respective countries and spotlighted the projects they are working on at Stanford to improve media coverage in their homelands.


Hidden Villa preserve hosts Japanese Cultural Day Sunday

Hidden Villa has scheduled Japanese Cultural Day 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the wilderness preserve’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event is designed to highlight the beauty and importance of Japanese culture and introduce people to Hidden Villa. The Consul General of Japan, the Hon. Masato Watanabe, will offer brief remarks to kick off the event.


Local business owner pedals on Climate Ride

Courtesy of Heather Lussier
Heather Lussier plans to cycle 300 miles along the Northern California coast to raise awareness of climate change.

Heather Lussier, owner of Heather Lussier Photography and Posh Pooch Portraits in Los Altos, is slated to participate in the annual Climate Ride California 2015, a multiday cycling fundraiser that travels 300 miles along the Northern California coast to San Francisco May 17-21.

The ride is designed to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and bicycle advocacy.


High-schoolers sought to serve with youth philanthropy group

E-Cubed (E3) Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is accepting applications from students entering ninth, 10th or 11th grade in the fall.

Students who reside in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills or Mountain View – or who attend school in Los Altos or Mountain View – are eligible to apply.


Rotary Club announces 'Young at Art' winners

Courtesy of Frank Verlot/ Rotary Club of Los Altos
Isabela Martynenko of Los Altos High took first place in the “Young at Art” contest for “Miki Takaami, Little Wolf,” created in pastel chalk. It also was selected “Best Overall.”

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently selected winners of its 2015 “Young at Art” contest.

The contest invites local high schools to submit students’ artwork. The top two works from each school will be on display in the Lincoln Park gazebo during the Rotary Club’s 40th annual Fine Art in the Park event, scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16 and 17.


ECH receives another $1 million donation for mental health services

Liz Nyberg/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills residents Mary and Doug Scrivner donated $1 million to launch an endowment for El Camino Hospital’s adolescent mental health program.

Los Altos Hills residents Mary and Doug Scrivner donated $1 million to start an endowment for El Camino Hospital’s adolescent mental health program.

The Scrivners are challenging the community to help fully fund the After-School Program Interventions and Resiliency Education (ASPIRE) initiative.


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