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Cal Water CEO addresses SPARC meeting tonight


Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co., is scheduled to discuss “Finding Water for a Thirsty California” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition meeting 6 p.m. today at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Kropelnicki will discuss both drought and flood as well as issues that impact water use beyond weather, including the state’s regulatory climate and Cal Water’s strategy going forward.

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Chopra discusses super genes at Foothill

East West Bookshop has scheduled author Deepak Chopra to discuss “Super Genes: The Future of Well-Being” 7:30 p.m. Friday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Chopra’s presentation will cover a new understanding of genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos gives grants to nonprofits


Distribution of Rotary Club grants are, from left, Laura Fulda, Child Advocates; Jerry Moison, Rotary president; Jordan Dancer, Next Door Solutions; Kendra Gjerseth, Rotary; Eileen Tsai, ALearn; Laura Sears, Vida Verde; David Fung, Friends of Deer Hollow; Carmen Ponce, Foothill College; Jim Santucci, KARA; Natalie Morales, Bay Area Cancer Connections; and Marge Bruno, AAUW.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos distributed more than $23,170 to representatives of local service groups during the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund’s 2015 fall granting cycle.

The club’s Fine Art in the Park event in May generated proceeds for the grants.

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Los Altos WWII veteran humbled by Honor Flight trip to D.C. memorials


Photo courtesy of Connie Johnson/Honor Flight
Chuck Ohman is pictured during his Honor Flight trip last month. Ohman called his visits to the war memorials “humbling.”

Chuck Ohman of Los Altos has the rare distinction of having participated in and survived the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge, two of the most high-profile events of World War II.

A recipient of the Purple Heart and the President’s Unit Citation, Ohman enjoyed the VIP treatment last month during a trip to Washington, D.C., sponsored by Honor Flight. The nonprofit organization flies veterans to the nation’s capital for visits to the war memorials.

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MERIT Program helps teachers boost classroom tech curriculum


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Participants in the KCI Merit Program absorb as education experts share strategies for using technology to transform their classrooms. The MERIT program hosted 49 teachers in its 2015 class.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) Program is KCI’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curriculum with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2015 update: This year the program acquired a new director, Roni Habib from Gunn High School, who will continue as director next year. Habib has emphasized Design Thinking, a Stanford D School approach that many companies use for product design and problem solving. Design Thinking can create hands-on lessons but also integrate technology in the classroom. Habib, an expert on social-emotional learning, emphasizes how teachers should encourage students’ persistence as they learn from failures and move forward.

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Families learn life skills together at Reach Potential Movement


Youth in Reach Potential Movement participate in Baile Folklorico rehearsal.

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips under-resourced youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to reach their highest potential.

• 2015 update: The Baile Folklorico troupe – unusual for drawing as many boys as it does girls – is currently rehearsing for its year-end performance. Visitors are welcome to attend a Dec. 11 “Posada” celebration – a Christmas festival with a dance performance, piñatas, tamales and enchiladas. The event fundraises to support the dance troupe.

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