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How activists saved SF's cable cars: Presentation focuses on need for preservation


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Rick Laubscher headlines a Los Altos Forward Community Conversation on San Francisco’s preservation of cable cars and streetcars April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

Historian and author Rick Laubscher shared his vast knowledge of San Francisco’s vintage cable cars and streetcars in his presentation “How San Francisco Saved Its Heart,” part of Los Altos Forward’s Community Conversation series, April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

As president of the Market Street Railway Foundation, he works with San Francisco’s Muni to preserve what are now among the city’s most important attractions.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos names Young at Art contest winners

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has selected 15 winning entries in its 2016 High School Young at Art Contest.

The top two works from artists in each of the six participating local high schools in the area were voted as first or second place from the five entries from each school. The Rotary Club’s seven-member jury selected the winners. First-place winners receive a $150 stipend toward college expenses and second-place winners receive $100.

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LA Historical Commission announces essay winners

The Los Altos Historical Commission recently selected winners of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest.

Students in grades 3-6 were eligible to participate in the contest, which required them to write about “Traditions and Stories That Celebrate Your Ancestry.”

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Community Briefs

Assembly candidate forum scheduled Tuesday

The League of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View has scheduled a forum for candidates running for the California State Assembly in the 24th District 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.

The 24th District includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

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Los Altos Library presentation focuses on Islam

The Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace have scheduled Islamic scholar Shaykh Alaeddin El Bakri to discuss “One God: One Humanity” 7 p.m. May 19 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Educated in both Islamic studies and a secular worldview, Shaykh Alaeddin serves as congregational worship leader at the West Valley Muslim Association in Saratoga.

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Local pianist, 11, slated to perform Saturday at statewide competition


Courtesy of the Cha family
Spencer Cha plays piano at a Santa Clara University recital. The sixth-grader also enjoys soccer, tennis, golf and skiing.

Spencer Cha has come a long way since he first sat down at the piano at age 2.

“I remember using smiley-face stickers with colors on the keys,” he said.

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