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LAHS hosts presentation on happiness

The Los Altos High School Students for Change Club and E3 Youth Philanthropy have joined forces to present “Happiness 101: The Role of Happiness and Balance in Your Student’s Life” 7 p.m. Thursday in the Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Stanford University’s Fred Luskin, Ph.D., is scheduled to lead the free presentation, open to high school district parents, students and staff. The discussion will address the relationships among happiness, success and stress; how happiness and stress management affect physical health; how to cultivate balance; how happiness is related to success in college; and how to create a healthful perspective in high school and beyond.

Luskin is the author of several best-selling books, including “Forgive for Good” (HarperOne, 2001), “Stress Free for Good” (Harper San Francisco, 2005) and “Forgive for Love” (HarperOne, 2007). His work has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers. Luskin, a professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, serves as director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project and as senior consultant in health promotion at Stanford University.

For more information, email Judy Prothro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MVLA Foundation partners with Microsoft Store for technology

The Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center is scheduled to open April 19. In support of the local community and to celebrate the launch of its new venture, the Microsoft Store has partnered with the Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation to offer local high schools a grant in technology resources, with a value of up to $250,000.

The amount of the grant depends on the amount of Facebook support the foundation can generate. To support the foundation, one must first “like” the Microsoft Store on Facebook, then cast a vote for the MVLA Foundation, which adds $20 to the grant. To add another $20, participants can share their votes on their Facebook walls. Participants may vote once a day through April 18.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/mvlafoundation.

Earn money for schools by staying at local hotel

The Los Altos/Palo Alto Courtyard by Marriott sponsors the Cares & Shares Community Support Program, a campaign to advance education and civic projects in local communities.

The Cares & Shares program invites Los Altos residents and merchants to stay at the Courtyard, with $30 donated to local schools in the guest’s name for every room booked on weekends or holidays.

The Courtyard also donates weekend packages to local schools and PTAs to use for silent auctions that raise money for educational programs. In addition to donating revenue, the hotel has developed a website, www.caresshares.com, where local organizations can post their fundraisers and events, serving as an aggregator for community non-profit efforts.

Funds generated by the Cares & Shares program will support technology projects in the Los Altos School District, including new computers in classrooms. The Los Altos Community Foundation and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the Courtyard’s campaign to contribute to early learning, childhood development and the elementary school education in the community. The groups set a fundraising goal of $50,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

For more information, email Cares & Shares program manager Kym Maloney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (831) 331-8525.

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