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Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

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Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at The Terraces at Los Altos in the company of her two 16-year-old cats.

She plays mahjong once a week and exercises “reluctantly.” She reads the Chronicle and the New Yorker magazine daily, does the crossword puzzles, and assists with a regular current events class at The Terraces. She still does her income taxes by herself.

Costume Bank sponsors vintage sale, open house

The Costume Bank has scheduled an Open House and Vintage Sale noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on its patio, 169 State St., Los Altos.

According to organizers, shoppers can find dresses, wedding dresses, gloves, hats and purses for special occasions at low prices.

Making history

Members of the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum’s Education Committee honored winners of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest at a reception at the History Museum May 10. Pictured in the front row, from left, are first-place winners Cooper Han, third grade; John Selden, fourth grade; Alexander Shen, fifth grade; and Emily Han, sixth grade. In the middle are second-place winners Alec Van Kerckhove, sixth grade; Ashwin Itty, third grade; Annie Schwartz, fifth grade; Katie Noble, fourth grade; and Audrey Hollenbeck, fourth grade. In the back are third-place winners Clark Ian Avery, sixth grade; Carly Schwaab, fourth grade; Parisa Braun, fifth grade; Alexandra Nakamoto, third grade; and Abby Hyver, fifth grade. John and Alexander are holding the trophy presented to Gardner Bullis School, the school with the most winners. After the reception at the museum, students attended the Los Altos City Council meeting, where they were congratulated by Mayor Jeannie Bruins and given cash awards for their efforts: first-place winners received $50; second place, $30; and third place, $20.

Mountain View author Tabazadeh headlines Voices for Peace event

The Los Altos Library and Los Altos Voices for Peace have scheduled a presentation by author Azadeh Tabazadeh 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Tabazadeh, a Mountain View resident, is author of “The Sky Detective: A Memoir of How I Fled Iran and Became a NASA Scientist” (iUniverse, 2015).

Former Apple VP to speak at AAUW tea

The American Association of University Women is scheduled to present this year’s Tech Trek Science Camp scholars at its annual Tech Trek Tea 3:30-5 p.m. today at Play! Los Altos, 170 State St.

The event, which will honor girls from middle schools in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto, is co-sponsored by the Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the AAUW.

Rotary Club awards grants to nonprofit groups

The Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund awarded $22,125 to representatives from eight local nonprofit organizations April 21.

This year’s grant recipients:

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