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Los Altos resident's passion for Girl Scouts results in 2016 exemplary leadership award

Courtesy of the Miner family
Petere Miner’s Girl Scouts award recognizes volunteers who serve as “exceptional models for girls and adults and have had an extraordinarily profound impact on girls’ lives through their empowerment of those girls.”

You could say Petere Miner is a Girl Scout for life.

Although her family moved a lot growing up, she stuck with Scouting. And, as an adult, she pursued her passion for helping kids by becoming a Girl Scout leader – serving for the past 26 years.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Mentor Tutor Connection

Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection
Mentor Tutor Connection provides tutoring and mentoring programs that promote academic success and build friendships in the process. 

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2016 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s new executive director, Padma Gargeya, came aboard Nov. 1. Linda Eckols, MTC board chairwoman, said Gargeya’s experience with Bright Futures – a nonprofit organization similar to MTC that serves students in East San Jose – should serve her well; Gargeya went from mentor to mentor coach to the leadership team there.

Community Briefs

Library offers day of game programming

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to participate in the global learning event “Hour of Code” 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Youth ages 11-18 will create a “Flatverse” game during the introduction to computer science and programming.

Rotarians use World AIDS Day to reflect on projects' progress


Thursday is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for Los Altos residents and people around the world to unite in humanitarian efforts to halt the AIDS pandemic.

Festival of Lights volunteers prepare for annual parade

The Festival of Lights Parade is set to light up downtown Los Altos 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 39th annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

SV Community Foundation awards nearly $1.4 million for area housing

Silicon Valley Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.4 million to support initiatives aimed at easing housing and transit problems from San Francisco to San Jose.

In the past, the Mountain View-based foundation has provided grants that support affordable housing and transit programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley. With the launch of the Silicon Valley Regional Fund, the latest round of grants expands to include projects that also serve residents of San Francisco County.

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