Ventana students spearhead native grassland revival at Redwood Grove

OF SARA BOADWEE Ventana School teacher Harfijah Oliver and her students discuss ways to identify different grasses at Redwood Grove. Pictured are, clockwise from bottom: Jack Merrifield, Payton Eike, Oliver, Weston Little, Tessa Calado, Ben Lamm, Ryan Merrifield and Julie Towner.

In a corner of Redwood Grove Nature Preserve, clumps of Purple Needlegrass grow for the first time in years, due to the efforts of third- and fourth-graders from Ventana School in Los Altos.

The project launched in September when their teacher, Harfijah Oliver, challenged students to consider the questions “Who am I?” and “Who are we?” Teachers at Ventana build curriculum around big, open-ended ideas that students explore throughout the year, and that often inspire in-depth projects.


Westwind program seeks volunteers

Westwind 4-H Horse Riding for the Disabled has scheduled a volunteer orientation and training session noon Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers care for the horses and assist in leading or side-walking horses during lessons. No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.


Open houses address VTA transit projects

Town Crier Report

The Valley Transportation Authority has scheduled two open houses to update the public on transportation projects, 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. April 9 at Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St.


Save the Date

Save the Date is an ongoing feature that lists notices of special events planned by local nonprofit groups. To add an event to the list, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

May 8

Circle of Support Breakfast, annual fundraiser for Family & Children Services, 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Information:


Gym dedication for 'Dude' set for May 3

A dedication ceremony is scheduled May 3 to rename the Los Altos High School gymnasium after former coach, teacher and principal Dushan “Dude” Angius Jr.

Angius, who served 20 years at Los Altos High, including as principal from 1965 to 1975, was also chairman of the physical education department, director of athletics, director of student activities and counselor. He was known for his strong leadership skills and the high ethical standard he set for his students.


Nominations open for Historic Preservation award

The Los Altos Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Los Altos Historic Preservation award.


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