Local teens promote organ donation to new drivers

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Los Altos High students Skylar and Allegra Maeso, right, show fellow students the Pink Dot ORGANization’s Facebook page at Starbucks Friday. The students have another event scheduled Friday.

To commemorate National Organ Donation Month, the Pink Dot ORGANization at Los Altos High School has scheduled a promotional event 4-5 p.m. Friday at Starbucks and Baskin-Robbins in downtown Los Altos.

Sisters Allegra and Skylar Maeso, students at Los Altos High, co-founded the Pink Dot ORGANization after their grandmother died while waiting for a kidney donation that never came.


Living Classroom hosts Spring Garden Party

Rosalind Creasy, founder of the edible landscaping movement, is scheduled to attend the Living Classroom’s Spring Garden Party 5-8 p.m. May 3 at John and Marva Warnock’s historical garden estate near downtown Los Altos.

Creasy, a Los Altos resident, is the award-winning author of 18 books on gardening and cooking and a member of the Garden Writer’s Hall of Fame. She is currently designing demonstration gardens at the Los Angeles Arboretum and the U.S. Arboretum in Washington, D.C. She coined the term “edible landscaping.”


Schools Briefs

Foothill hosts discussion on mental illness

Foothill College has scheduled a presentation on mental illness, “Psychology of Depression and Suicide,” noon to 2 p.m. April 30 in the Hearthside Lounge at Foothill, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

In response to the Germanwings crash, in which the plane’s co-pilot reportedly killed 150 passengers and crew, Paul Marcille, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, will dispel myths about mental illness and violence.


Pinewood student writes book about living with autism

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Pinewood School senior Georgia Lyon wrote and illustrated “How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” in 2013.

Although first published under a pseudonym, Pinewood School student Georgia Lyon is stepping out to reveal herself as the author of a book that spotlights living with autism.

Lyon authored “How to be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl” (Creston Books, 2013) under the pseudonym Florida Frenz, while just starting high school at Pinewood. The book features drawings from Lyon’s childhood, specifically artwork she created with her therapist to work through some of her difficulties living with autism.


Local students partner for Jazz Festival

Robin Iwai/Special to the Town Crier
Local music students perform for the community at the annual Jazz Festival event last year.

Music students from Los Altos High, Mountain View High, Blach Intermediate and Graham Middle schools are scheduled to perform at their annual Jazz Festival 11:30 a.m. Saturday on the Mountain View High quad, 3535 Truman Ave.

Local residents are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for the musical performances by each school’s Jazz Band. This year’s event also features performances by local band FourLee and student band 37th Parallel.


Schools Briefs April 15

MVLA foundation hosts parent education event

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Ryan McKelley, Ph.D., to discuss “Unmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men” 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Mountain View High School’s Spartan Theater, 3535 Truman Ave.

McKelley, associate professor of clinical counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, will explore the impact of societal norms that cause boys to mask their emotions of joy, compassion, sympathy, fear and vulnerability. To counter the trend, McKelley encourages parents to teach boys about the richness and importance of social connection.


Almond School volunteers organize Family Science Night

Jeanne Schmitt/Special to the Town Crier
Almond School hosted Family Science Night March 11. Students participate in hands-on science activities.

Almond School’s Family Science Night March 11 featured more than 25 stations hosted by students and parent volunteers.

Almond sixth-graders and their parents, assisted by Los Altos High School students, organized a number of hands-on activities for the event, including constructing a large-scale trebuchet, using a chopstick to poke through a heart and building a hovercraft.


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