Los Altos 7-year-old wins award after award

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Second-grader Ellary Day Szyndlar has won awards at regional and national dance competitions.

For many students, summer is a relaxing, rejuvenating period after a hard year’s work – but not for 7-year-old Ellary Day Szyndlar.

Throughout the summer, the Los Altos resident participated in several regional and national dance competitions, winning awards at nearly every one.

'Sunday in the Street' fundraiser replaces Follies

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Vocalists Jocelyn Pickett, left, and Charles Morgan are slated to perform at this weekend’s “Sunday in the Street,” a fundraiser for the Los Altos Stage Company that replaces the annual Follies. 

A fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company, “Sunday in the Street with Los Altos Stage,” is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Sunday at two adjacent homes in Los Altos.

The event replaces Follies, the annual fundraiser that came to an end last year.

Rotarians locally and worldwide continue the fight against polio

In light of International Polio Day Thursday, John McBirney of the Rotary Club of Los Altos offers the following information on the club’s history of fighting the disease.


Packard Foundation celebrates 55th anniversary with open house

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Former Packard Foundation board chairwoman Susan Packard Orr, above left, presents president and CEO Carol Larson a proclamation naming the foundation’s interior courtyard in her honor. The Oct. 10 open house drew a large crowd, right.

The Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation held an open house Oct. 10 at its 343 Second St. headquarters to celebrate the 55th anniversary of its mission to improve the lives of children, advance reproductive health and rights, enable the creative pursuit of science and conserve and restore the Earth’s natural systems.

Attended by Los Altos residents and the foundation’s locally based grantees, the event offered an opportunity to connect and learn about the nonprofit organization, as well as some of its longtime institutional partners, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Los Altos main library offers U.S. passport services

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The shelves for library “holds” at the Los Altos main library, above, have been relocated to the old checkout kiosk location to accommodate the new passport services. The kiosks, in turn, are now in the center of the hall.

The Los Altos main library now offers U.S. passport services, one of three Santa Clara County Library District branches to do so.

The expansion to Los Altos comes more than a year after the library district made the services available at the Milpitas and Cupertino libraries. District officials said the program has been “well-received.”

Grant funds give local teens ability to take on environmental challenges

Above photo courtesy of Los Altos History Museum; right Photo courtesy of David Klein
Organizers and participants involved in the Los Altos Environmental Commission’s EnviroThon Challenge gather at the Los Altos History Museum June 30.

Four teams of local high school students recently received seed money after winning the Los Altos Environmental Commission’s EnviroThon Challenge to pilot programs aimed at helping the city become more environmentally friendly.

The top team, Stand Up Fight Back, plans to launch a campaign to convince residents and the city council to create an incentive program encouraging clean energy choices in area homes and businesses. Two other teams, Field Trippers and Next Generation, which tied for second place, will work with local schools to further integrate environmental education into elementary school classrooms. The third-place team, Vroom Vroom, wants to spur increased electric bus ridership by making the service more visible to the public.

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