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Candidates tackle tough state issues at 24th Assembly forum

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Assembly candidates – from left, Marc Berman, Jay Cabrera, Barry Chang, John Inks, Mike Kasperzak, Seelam Reddy and Vicki Veenker – address the state’s infrastructure challenges.

Eight candidates for the state’s 24th Assembly District seat discussed the myriad growing pains California faces in front of a standing-room-only crowd May 10 at the Mountain View Public Library.

The candidates, including city councilmembers from Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park, are vying for Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s seat in the June 7 primary election. Gordon is termed-out next year. The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area co-sponsored the forum with the library.

Community Briefs

Library presentation covers monkeyflowers

Botanist Steve Schoenig is scheduled to discuss “Monkeyflowers in Flux” 7:30-9 p.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Schoenig is the California Native Plant Society’s rare plant treasure hunt botanist. He has a 30-year interest in native California plants, with a special focus on the monkeyflower genus Mimulus and endemic plants of the three California deserts.

Local artists make annual pilgrimage to Los Altos Rotary's Fine Art in the Park

Courtesy of Cindy O’Gorman
Los Altos photographer Timon Sloane’s work includes the above shot, “At Peace.” Sloane is set to exhibit his work at this weekend’s Fine Art in the Park show.

The 41st annual Rotary Club of Los Altos Fine Art in the Park event, scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park, attracts artists from near and far.

This year, six artists from Los Altos will showcase their ceramics, jewelry, paintings and photography. More than 170 juried artists are slated to participate, some traveling from as far as Canada. Many of the artists are regional, and the most popular return year after year. Thirty percent of the artists are new to the show this year.

'Fierce advocate' for opportunity named 2016 Champion for Youth

Aila Malik speaks after receiving her 2016 Champion for Youth award at the May 4 Challenge Team breakfast.

Aila Malik is driven by opportunity – and she’s made a career out of providing it for others.

Malik, named this year’s Champion for Youth at the Challenge Team’s annual awards breakfast May 4, has been a “fierce advocate” for equal access to opportunity, according to Christa Gannon, who introduced Malik at the event.

Los Altos hearing clinic all ears for those in need

Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Pacific Hearing Service co-owner and clinical audiologist Jane Baxter, right, helps a woman during a recent trip to Guatemala.

Pacific Hearing Service is helping people hear that may have otherwise been left in silence.

The Los Altos-based audiology clinic has partnered with Entheos Audiology Cooperative in Fort Wayne, Ind., to provide hearing aids for underprivileged children in Jordan and Guatemala.

Los Altos High Knights plan 'Return to Camelot' this weekend

The Los Altos High School classes of 1958 through 1978, together with faculty and staff from those years, are scheduled to reunite 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Blackberry Farm, 21979 San Fernando Ave., Cupertino.

The event will feature a “Return to Camelot: Tournament of Memories” theme. Former principal Dude Angius and his family will host the reunion and provide drinks and snacks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic supplies, as well as memorabilia and stories from their years as Knights.

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