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Rotary Club speaker: Rare books yield fascinating stories

John Windle, an antiquarian bookseller in San Francisco, appraises at least 10 family Bibles annually, all brought to him in hopes that their age makes them valuable treasures. However, he finds that 99.9 percent are just old books.

Windle, a dealer of rare books and manuscripts, described to the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 30 the origin of one exceedingly rare volume – the “Wicked Bible.” In 1631, a disgruntled employee of British publisher Robert Barker supposedly slipped a typo into a passage with disastrous repercussions for his employer. The courts canceled Barker’s publishing license, fined him and sent him to prison, where he died in 1645.

LAH Youth Commission organizes Earth Day Cleanup

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Krystel Malimban, front, recreation specialist for the town of Los Altos Hills, leads a senior walk on the pathways April 4. Malimban is also taking a lead role in Saturday’s Earth Day Cleanup.

An opportunity awaits local residents seeking a way to help the environment.

The Los Altos Hills Youth Commission has scheduled its 10th annual Earth Day Cleanup 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday at Purissima Park, 27500 Purissima Road.

Search for habitable planets topic of talk

NASA Ames Research Center astrobiologist and research scientist Tori Hoehler, Ph.D., has been searching for exoplanets in the “habitable zone” for 17 years.

In a March 21 presentation to the Morning Forum of Los Altos, “Exoplanets: The Hundreds of Confirmed Planets Outside Our Solar System,” he shared the criteria and success rate.

Got stress? Morning Forum speaker stresses upside


Stress can be the gift that makes you a stronger, more resilient person, according to Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University.

McGonigal discussed ways to turn stress from a paralyzing emotional crippler into a source of revitalization with significant mental and physical health benefits in her April 4 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Get Good at It.”

Rotary Club of Los Altos' Young at Art contest recognizes student talent

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Cami Haber of Pinewood School created “Super Nova,” a digital collage. Haber’s piece will be among this year’s group of Young at Art winners on display at the Rotary Club’s Fine Art in the Park, May 20 and 21 at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Young at Art contest recognizes budding student artists from seven local high schools as part of the annual Fine Art in the Park event.

A jury of Rotarians selected 15 winning works, including first- and second-place submissions from students at each school. Rotary Club officials will present the winning artists with awards and stipends for college expenses – $150 to first-place winners and $100 to second-place winners – at Fine Art in the Park, scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 and 21 at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Scout organizes screening of documentary featuring youth with autism as sports stars

Courtesy of Eric Mow
Los Altos resident Eric Mow’s Eagle Scout project aims to raise autism awareness through a screening of the film “Swim Team.”

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Eric Mow of Los Altos Boy Scout Troop 30 has organized a screening of the documentary “Swim Team” – a story about autism, athletic success and family tenacity – this weekend.

The event is scheduled 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Sobrato Center in San Jose, to coincide with April’s Autism Awareness Month.

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