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Courtesy of Shannon Kava
The new Eagle Scouts in Troop 103 include, from left, Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson, Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer and Tucker Meijer. Not pictured: Diedrich Welling.

Troop 103 honors new Eagle Scouts

Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 103 recently recognized Matthew Boennighausen, Troy Jackson, Daniel Kava, Miles Meijer, Tucker Meijer and Diedrich Welling for achieving the Eagle Scout rank, the highest distinction in Boy Scouts. The troop honored the six Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Jan. 17 at St. Simon Catholic Parish in Los Altos.

The new Eagle Scouts and their projects:


Sereno Group donations benefit local causes

Representatives with the Sereno Group Los Altos office presented $37,721 to their 1% for Good Program recipients Feb. 2. Above, realtors gather at the Sereno offices to present funds to representatives from the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program and the Foothill College Veterans Scholarship Fund. The funds, from the third and fourth quarters of 2014, were divided equally between the two groups. “Each recipient was selected for the exceptional work they do in the community,” said Diane Schmitz of Sereno Group. Sereno representatives welcome suggestions on organizations that serve the Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale communities that could benefit from the 1% for Good Program. For more information, call Schmitz at 947-2955 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Cub Scouts from Pack 77 cheer on their favorite cars during the Jan. 31 Pinewood Derby at Almond School.

Pinewood Derby satisfies Scouts’ need for speed

Los Altos Cub Scouts Pack 77 piled into the Almond School Multipurpose Room Jan. 31 to participate in the Pinewood Derby, one of the organization’s most popular family activities.

Pinewood Derby cars are small, wooden models designed and built by the Scouts and their families.



Courtesy of Gretchen Stroud
Scott Cmiel, center, teaches guitar to Chase Onodera, from left, Nicholas Padmanabhan, Ashwin Krishna and Alexander Stroud.

Local guitarists perform on NPR’s ‘From the Top’

Four young guitarists – Ashwin Krishna, a junior at Los Altos High School; Alexander Stroud, a senior at Mountain View High; Nicholas Padmanabhan, an eighth-grader at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto; and Chase Onodera of Sacramento – are scheduled to perform on the NPR radio show “From the Top” 8 p.m. Saturday.



Musicians inspire Silicon Valley League of SF Symphony

Three Los Altos-area musicians have provided leadership to the Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony by supporting the musicians and outreach efforts of the world-renowned orchestra.

Past presidents Charlene Archibeque, Eileen Shelle Birnbaum and Sue Larson said they support the Silicon Valley League because of their devotion to the symphony and its conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas.


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