Authors appear at Linden Tree

Linden Tree Books has scheduled two authors to discuss their books this month.

• UC Berkeley professor Anne E. Cunningham is slated to appear 7 p.m. Firday to discuss her new guidebook, “Book Smart: How to Develop and Support Successful, Motivated Readers” (Oxford University Press, 2014), which she co-authored with Jamie Zibulsky. “Book Smart” is a guide for parents who wish to impart effective reading techniques to their children.


Community Briefs

Sheriff’s Office hosts Crime Prevention Forum

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has scheduled its third annual Crime Prevention Forum for residents of Los Altos Hills 6-8 p.m. today at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Sheriff’s Office representatives will present data on crime trends in Los Altos Hills, discuss law enforcement resources and public safety concerns and offer advice on how to prevent crime and protect against victimization.


Young brass musician to play at Carnegie Hall

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Blach Intermediate School student William Healzer is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall in June as part of the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series orchestra.

When Blach Intermediate School student William Healzer taps his fingers on his trumpet at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June, he’s going to be more inspired than nervous. After auditioning for the 2014 Middle School Honors Performance Series, organizers last month selected the 13-year-old for a coveted seat in the orchestra.


Historian reflects on lessons people can learn from past presidents

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Famed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin signs copies of her latest book last week in Los Altos.

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin shared stories of politics and baseball at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series last week, her third appearance in the past 18 years.


Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 14.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 15 years. Trained and certified volunteers meet with clients, review their paperwork and records, and prepare and electronically file both federal and state tax returns.


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.


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