Morning Forum: Pundit contends U.S. presidency has been diminished


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Political expert Larry Gerston highlighted the shortcomings of the Trump administration in his May 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Trump Election in Perspective: A Turning Point in American Politics.”

Gerston is professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, political analyst for NBC Bay Area and author of 12 academic books and 150 op-ed articles. He is often quoted and interviewed by national news agencies.

Which LA native nabbed 2nd place on 'Jeopardy!'?


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William Scott of Los Altos represents his college, Tufts University, on “Jeopardy!” The freshman finished second in the game show’s College Championships, winning $50,000.

One could say that William Scott was born to be on “Jeopardy!”

“In terms of knowing things, I’ve been doing that my whole life,” the Los Altos native said, “so I thought I would just keep on going – keep paying attention to things and learning new bits of trivia.”

MVLA Challenge Team participants learn new meaning of word 'Homie'


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For the 31st year, local city and schools leaders, law enforcement representatives and advocates for at-risk students gathered for the MVLA Challenge Team’s Champions for Youth breakfast May 2 at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant in Mountain View.

Serving up this year’s inspiring talk was keynote speaker Alejandro Vilchez. A sought-after consultant in youth relations and long-recognized leader in gang violence prevention, Vilchez often used humor and personal experience in his talk “Be a Homie.”

SLAC physicist encourages local AAUW scholarship winners


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The American Association of University Women’s recent luncheon included, from left, Tech Trek scholarship winners Kate Stone, Grace Cai, Alexandra Segubiensese, Souf Rivkin, Madison Chin and Taylor Ewan; and AAUW Executive Director Vicki Reeder. Not pictured is scholarship winner Astra Tulac.

Stanford University physicist Jana Thayer served as featured speaker at a luncheon last week honoring middle-school girls from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto who will attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford in the summer.

The luncheon, co-hosted April 28 by the Los Altos/Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women, encouraged the girls – recipients of camp scholarships provided by the branches – to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Local Arts Roundup: Gallery exhibitions, open studios scheduled


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“Robleda Road Orchard” is among the pieces by artist Barbara von Haunalter on display at Viewpoints Gallery in downtown Los Altos. 

Viewpoints

Viewpoints Gallery has scheduled the exhibition “Different Strokes,” featuring new works by local artist Barbara von Haunalter, through May 27.

The display highlights von Haunalter’s mastery of a variety of media, including works in watercolor, acrylic, water-soluble oil and gouache. Her works feature a signature tranquil and serene style. Each piece invites viewers to pause and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world around them.

Local resident Crouse helps annual Flower Run event blossom


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Children distribute flowers to runners participating in last year’s Flower Run.

When Debbie Crouse’s children were growing up, the Los Altos resident sought ways to give back to her community. One way was joining Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which supports children in the foster-care system.

In an effort to raise money for the nonprofit agency, Crouse is helping organize the second Flower Run, a 5K run/walk scheduled 9 a.m. May 12 beginning at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.


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