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Los Altos Library promotes summer reading

The Los Altos Library recently launched its 2014 Summer Reading Club, “Fizz Boom Read,” for children. The main library and the Woodland Branch join the Santa Clara County Library District in sponsoring the annual program.

Children may register for the Summer Reading Club at the Children’s Desk in either library or online at sccl.org through Aug. 7.

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Library sponsors astronomy presentation

Astronomer Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, is scheduled to discuss “Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe” 7 p.m. Friday in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Manning’s presentation will address the size of the universe, the stars and other celestial bodies via hands-on activities and visuals.

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ECH Foundation raises nearly $600K for cancer survivor program


Courtesy of Bettina Rosenberg
Donors and guests enjoying the El Camino Hospital Foundation’s “Sapphire Soirée” event include, from left, Mary and Doug Scrivner; El Camino Hospital Foundation President Jodi Barnard and her husband, Mark; and challenge-grant donors Ed and Pamela Taft.

The El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual “Sapphire Soirée” fundraiser drew 470 guests to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton May 31.

The benefit included a performance by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, a live auction and a chance to win a pair of pink sapphire earrings donated by Darren McClung Estate & Precious Jewelry. The event raised nearly $600,000 to establish a cancer survivorship program at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center.

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Islam critic decries culture of fear in Conservative Forum talk


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A Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley speaker claimed that it is not the Muslim people but the ideology of Islam that cultivates a climate of fear, with the promise of death to nonbelievers and even those who call Islam into question.

Speaking at the forum’s June 3 meeting, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-American former Muslim who is now a Christian, said much of the Quran, considered by some the Muslim equivalent of the Bible, is replete with orders to kill non-Muslims.

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Morning Forum 'understudy' from NPR reflects on U.S. foreign policy


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Tom Gjelten addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos last week.

National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten said he felt like the “understudy for a Broadway star” when he stepped in as Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker June 3 – his wife, ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, had been scheduled to speak but was on assignment.

Gjelten’s overseas reporting for NPR has taken him to posts around the world as he covered Latin America; Central Europe; Cuba; the wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia; the Gulf War; the wars in Croatia and Bosnia; the war in Afghanistan; and the invasion of Iraq. He served as lead NPR correspondent during coverage of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and was reporting live from the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it on 9/11. He is a regular panelist on the PBS program “Washington Week.”

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Environmental Volunteers explains its mission at 'Wake Up to Nature'


Courtesy of Karen Purtich
Youth volunteer Charin Park reflects on her experiences working with Environmental Volunteers.

More than 250 local residents attended “Wake Up to Nature” May 6, Environmental Volunteers’ annual fundraising breakfast.

The nonprofit organization shared its mission with guests: to promote understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science and nature education via classroom-based programs, summer camps and its EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.

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