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Teen hopes Star Trek Club lives long and prospers

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A trip to the “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, above, inspired Los Altos Hills high school student Angeline Chen to start her own Star Trek Club.

When teenager Angeline Chen first discovered the “Star Trek” TV series, she was hooked almost immediately.

“When I started watching ‘Star Trek’ … I felt like the (Starship) Enterprise was a second home to me,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “I didn’t really feel that way for other (shows), and I soon realized that was because the characters’ very strong sense of family and friendship made it seem like home.”

Veterans Resource Center helps ground student vets at Foothill College

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Student veterans use the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College to facilitate their transition back to civilian and academic life. The center offers vets counseling and access to mental and physical health resources.

• Mission: The Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College provides programs and support that help former members of the U.S. Armed Forces transition to civilian life. Veterans specialist Julie Brown views the office as a “one-stop shop” where veterans can receive college counseling and help finding living arrangements in a difficult housing market, accessing mental and physical health resources and making professional connections.

• 2016 update: The longtime leader of the center, Carmela Xuereb, retired in 2016.

Los Altos resident's passion for Girl Scouts results in 2016 exemplary leadership award

Courtesy of the Miner family
Petere Miner’s Girl Scouts award recognizes volunteers who serve as “exceptional models for girls and adults and have had an extraordinarily profound impact on girls’ lives through their empowerment of those girls.”

You could say Petere Miner is a Girl Scout for life.

Although her family moved a lot growing up, she stuck with Scouting. And, as an adult, she pursued her passion for helping kids by becoming a Girl Scout leader – serving for the past 26 years.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Mentor Tutor Connection

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Mentor Tutor Connection provides tutoring and mentoring programs that promote academic success and build friendships in the process. 

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2016 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s new executive director, Padma Gargeya, came aboard Nov. 1. Linda Eckols, MTC board chairwoman, said Gargeya’s experience with Bright Futures – a nonprofit organization similar to MTC that serves students in East San Jose – should serve her well; Gargeya went from mentor to mentor coach to the leadership team there.

Rotarians use World AIDS Day to reflect on projects' progress


Thursday is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for Los Altos residents and people around the world to unite in humanitarian efforts to halt the AIDS pandemic.

SV Community Foundation awards nearly $1.4 million for area housing

Silicon Valley Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.4 million to support initiatives aimed at easing housing and transit problems from San Francisco to San Jose.

In the past, the Mountain View-based foundation has provided grants that support affordable housing and transit programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley. With the launch of the Silicon Valley Regional Fund, the latest round of grants expands to include projects that also serve residents of San Francisco County.

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