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Rotarians promote literacy through Read Me A Picture

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Los Altos Rotarian Brandon Smith helps a student select a book to keep through the Read Me A Picture project. After children select a book, Rotarians prepare customized bookplates for them.

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos participated in the community outreach program Read Me A Picture last month.

The project is designed to promote visual literacy, vocabulary development and art appreciation while exercising children’s imagination through book ownership. Each student selects a book and receives it with a special bookplate inscribed with his or her name.

Mother-daughter artists share paintings at Rotary Club event

Courtesy of Patricia Rohrs
The colorful mother-daughter team of Suzanne Etienne and Nicole Etienne believe in delivering joy through art.

Mother and daughter artists Suzanne Etienne and Nicole Etienne share a passion for abundant, colorful beauty, which they express through their paintings.

Both artists are scheduled to showcase their work at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 42nd annual Fine Art in the Park event, slated 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 and 21 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

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

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.”

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