Scoutmaster touts opportunities for girls

Photo courtesy of Stephen Wu/Troop 4201
Boys Scouts of America now offers programs for girls. Girls in Los Altos Scouts BSA Troop 4103, above, raft down the river during a camping trip in Fairfax.

Girls can now participate in programs sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Local Scoutmaster Stephen Wu outlined opportunities in the Los Altos area.

Thanks to a policy enacted in February, elementary-school-aged girls can join Cub Scouts in all-girl dens, and older girls can join all girl-troops in Scouts BSA, rebranded from the former Boy Scouts of America.

Sunday's STEM Fair at museum combines apricots and science

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Last year’s Apricot STEM Fair proved a big hit for the Los Altos History Museum, drawing more than 700 visitors.

Blending past and present, a free event that combines Los Altos’ agricultural roots with its current role as an area of innovation is scheduled Sunday at the Los Altos History Museum.

The second Apricot STEM Fair is slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Morning Forum season ends with ode to George Gershwin

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Dr. Richard Kogan gets a warm reception from the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience following his June 4 appearance.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 69th year ended on a musical note June 4 with Dr. Richard Kogan’s presentation on “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin.”

A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard Medical School, Kogan is clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.” Through his lecture-recitals, he examines the lives of great composers through the lens of a psychiatrist.

Local Young Men's Service League Rancho Chapter honors members

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Members of the Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter gather last month at the organization’s Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet.

The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its end-of-year Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet last month at the Sunnyvale Community Center, honoring members who have performed community service.

YMSL is a four-year program for mothers and their high school-aged sons, spanning grades 9-12. The Rancho Chapter, founded in 2015 by 10 Los Altos moms interested in engaging their sons in community service, boasts 201 members. The boys and their moms have provided thousands of hours of community service to more than 30 local groups.

'Alpha Girls' author highlights successful Silicon Valley women


Julian Guthrie, author of the new book “Alpha Girls,” touted the “extraordinary successes” of four Silicon Valley women at the May 30 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Guthrie, whose previous best-sellers spotlighted highly successful men like Larry Ellison (“The Billionaire and the Mechanic”), explores in “Alpha Girls” the drive and ambition of women who had the grit to take alpha positions at male-dominated venture capital firms. Guthrie defines “alpha girls” as “the women upstarts who took on Silicon Valley’s male culture and made the deals of a lifetime.”

Confronting Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse victim breaks free, but safety planning never stops


The is the final installment in Darlene’s five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

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