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The Loyola K-Kids Club sorts through eyeglasses they collected. The community service club continues to accept donations of used glasses through the end of May.

CHAC sponsors teen forum

The Community Health Awareness Council has scheduled a forum with local high school students sharing what it’s like to be a teenager in Silicon Valley 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 7 in the CHAC office, 590 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

The forum will offer an opportunity for students from high schools in Los Altos and Mountain View to express to their parents, grandparents, friends and school staff their frustrations, struggles and dreams for the future.

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LASD Junior Olympics scheduled Saturday


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The Los Altos School District Junior Olympics are slated Saturday at Mountain View High School. District officials say the opening ceremonies, above, are always memorable.

Los Altos School District fourth- through sixth-graders will showcase their athletic abilities at the district’s 55th annual Junior Olympics, scheduled Saturday at Mountain View High School.

The interschool track and field meet spotlights the district’s PE program. The event typically draws a crowd of more than 3,500 students, families, friends and neighbors cheering on the young athletes.

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Local teens promote organ donation to new drivers


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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