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Castro encourages literacy in classroom

Remember your favorite game? Your favorite sport? By sharing simple stories of your childhood "favorites" with a Castro Elementary School third-grader on Tuesday mornings this fall, you can help that student improve his or her writing and English language skills - and his or her long-term chances for success.

Castro is holding a seven-week program starting Sept. 26. Volunteers will receive explicit week-to-week instructions. No writing or teaching experience is necessary. For information and to enroll, contact Linda McCrary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 940-6024.

Covington hosts time-management expert

Parents are invited to a speech by Ali Meyers, an expert in teaching time management and study and organizational skills to students, 9-11 a.m. Sept. 20 in Covington Elementary School's multipurpose room.

The speech is intended to help parents with new ideas and fresh perspectives on time management and organizational skills. Parents will learn how to build independence and self-management in their children. There is time for questions after the speech.

The event is sponsored by the Special Education Local Plan Area Community Advisory Committee. For more information, contact Karen Mueller at 964-3689 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration begins for Lego robotics team

Team registration has started for this fall's first Lego League robotics challenge, NANO Quest. The robotics program introduces boys and girls, from fourth grade to 14-year-olds, to the wonders of engineering, science, math and technology in a fun and engaging way.

Lego League pairs an academic challenge with a sports-like playing field where kids invent independent robots. Teams of four to six students receive a new challenge each fall. For eight weeks, each team is responsible for the design, construction, programming and testing of their robot to compete in the challenge.

For more information, visit www.LosAltosRobotics.org or call Michael Schuh at 965-8037.

Adult Ed programs bring students to the garden

Looking for a volunteer project in the garden with a small time commitment that does not require bending, weeding or digging?

The MVLA Adult Education program brings Castro Elementary School students into the Mountain View Senior Center Garden on Tuesday afternoons this fall. With three students per volunteer, students benefit by interacting with adults, learning new vocabulary and concepts and having an opportunity to ask questions while exploring nature's life cycle.

If you enjoy working with children, seeing plants and bugs through their eyes and sharing your enthusiasm for life in the garden, contact Linda McCrary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 940-6024.

The Underground throws back-to-school party

Los Altos teens are invited to a '70s-themed back-to-school party 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 16. Students are welcome to make a pet rock or disco dance the night away.

The Underground, located at the back of the Garden House in Shoup Park, off University Avenue in Los Altos, is a free, drop-in facility that offers a wide variety of recreational activities designed to give teens a fun, safe place to relax.

The Underground is open 3:30-6:30 p.m. Fridays and 2-8 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit www.ci.los-altos.ca.us/recreation.

Foothill to sponsor ArtsEnhance conference

Foothill College is scheduled to host an all-day marketing and communications conference and workshop for Santa Clara County arts organizations 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15. Meetings will be in Appreciation Hall in the morning and the Krause Center for Innovation in the evening.

In partnership with Adobe Systems Inc., the new ArtsEnhance program will give arts organizations members a chance to heighten their visibility, promote their programming and strengthen their audience development activities.

The program compromises a daylong conference and an integrated grants program, which are both geared toward arming the small and midsized arts organizations in Santa Clara County with the tools and knowledge they need to more effectively promote their program activities. Organizations must attend the conference to be eligible for grants.

The conference is $25 for one representative, $40 for two and $60 for three. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments. Participants will recieve 0.5 continuing education units. Parking is $2.

Foothill-De Anza seeks homes for foreign students

Foothill De Anza colleges need hosts for international students for three-plus months.

Hosts will receive $750 per month for room and board and will be expected to help the student become oriented after arrival. Hosts can be single, couples or families.

Students will arrive in September and can take the bus to school. All students speak English and will be taking courses in English. Students come from Asia, Europe and other places around the world.

For more information, call Kristi Clark at 949-3091 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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