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Museum seeks authors for holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum seeks local authors interested in presenting their published books at its Authors’ Showcase, scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 during the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event.

Museum officials are putting out the call for authors who have published a book in the past two years, including fiction, nonfiction or children’s literature. The Authors’ Showcase enables local residents to meet writers, learn more about their books and purchase signed copies.

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Foothills Congregational hosts gun-violence forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a two-part forum on gun violence 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 24 and 31 at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The forum, titled “From Despair to Hope: Our Active Response to Gun Violence in our Communities,” is designed for local residents who want to discuss what they can do to help alleviate gun violence.

Summer Reading Challenge underway at Los Altos libraries

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers students the opportunity to boost their reading skills and participate in summer challenges at the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries. Adults also may participate.

“Summer is the time to explore new things and visit new places. Luckily, anyone can do this with a visit to the library,” said Courtenay C. Corrigan, Joint Powers Authority board member for the library district and a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council. “Children who spend time reading over the summer or engage in some form of educational activity have been found to be better prepared for school in the fall.”

LAHS student's volunteerism earns Congressional Award Gold Medal

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Terence Lee, center, wearing his Congressional Award Gold Medal, is flanked by Congressional Award Chairman Paxton K. Baker, left, and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.

With Silicon Valley hailed as the technology capital of the world, it would seem just about everyone here owns a computer. It’s a necessity for most – required to type up a resume, send an email to a co-worker or conduct online research for an essay.

For some people, however, a computer is a luxury they cannot afford.

Antiques guru to evaluate treasures at History Museum


Antiques adviser and appraiser Steve Yvaska is scheduled to headline the fundraiser “Let’s Talk Antiques” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Yvaska, author of The Mercury News’ “The Seasoned Collector” column, will offer casual evaluations of one personal antique per guest.

Pat Figueroa: Former MV mayor inspired others through service

Mrs. Figueroa

Pat Figueroa, who served on the Mountain View City Council for 18 years, died June 24. Mrs. Figueroa was 73.

From the moment she stepped up in 1979 to fill an open council seat, Mrs. Figueroa demonstrated her love for the city of Mountain View in everything she did. She was an inspiration to colleagues and members of the community in serving nearly 18 years as a councilwoman (1979-1988, 1990-1999), including two stints as mayor (1982, 1995).

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