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Los Altos sponsors Summer Concert Series

The city of Los Altos’ annual Summer Concert Series is under way.

Performances are scheduled 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at either Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave., or Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave.


Los Altos girl out to 'squash' inequality: 10-year-old raises funds for female players with motto Equal pay for play

Courtesy of Lisa Bardin
Mika Bardin displays a certificate of participation she received at the 2015 U.S. Junior Squash Championships. Although Mika is not competing in the upcoming NetSuite Open Squash Championships, she is helping other female players by raising funds to boost their prize money.

Young Los Altos resident Mika Bardin’s positive energy, indomitable will and athleticism have propelled her to status as one of the highest-ranked players in the sport of squash. She is using some of those same attributes to help other female squash players get “equal pay for play.”

Ten-year-old Mika, ranked No. 14 nationally in her age group, has launched a GoFundMe page in an effort to promote equal pay for women squash players. She did so after noticing that the prize money for men in the 2015 NetSuite Open Squash Championships was $100,000, while the women’s purse was initially $10,000. The event is scheduled Sept. 25-29 at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. This is the first year NetSuite opened the competition to women.


Los Altos Summer Concert series filled with classic-rock cover bands

Brian Connors, founder of The Shanks, leads his group in performance. The Shanks are set to take the stage at Grant Park Aug. 6.

The Los Altos Summer Concert Series continues this week with another free performance.

Lyin’ I’s – which bills itself as an Eagles tribute band – is slated to perform 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave.


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Amateur radio operators gather for Field Day

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS) is scheduled to demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio for Amateur Radio Field Day 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday morning.

Amateur Radio Field Day, staged in the field next to Mary- knoll Seminary at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, will be open to the public noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.


Los Altos women 'Lean In' to advancement at History Museum event

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Myra Nawabi, leader of the Palo Alto Lean In Circle, the largest in the Bay Area, discussed the origins of her group at a June 10 Los Altos History Museum presentation.

It’s well publicized that working women in Silicon Valley are still striving for equal pay for equal work.

What is not as well known is the fact that women are using Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), to develop support groups. The groups – Lean In Circles – encourage women to discuss problems and find solutions that will help them advance professionally and enjoy their days spent in workplaces dominated by men.


Rotary Club of Los Altos awards student scholarships

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded scholarships to 17 local high school seniors May 21.

Proceeds from the club’s annual Fine Art in the Park show underwrite the annual scholarships. With three private donations supporting the Billy Russell, Charles Cowan and Kenneth W. Gjerseth scholarships, the total disbursed this year reached an all-time high of $26,100.


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