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History essay winners present

Winners display their prizes from the 33rd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest during a May 9 reception at the Los Altos History Museum. Students were asked to write on Native American foods, reflecting a recent museum exhibition. Pictured, from left, front row: Josephine Dunne, Avery Simonsen and Colin Chin. Second row: Abigail Kamenetsky, Cooper Hahn and Genna Noble. Third row: Mackenzie Fobes, Katie Noble, Florencia Rodriguez-Steube and Rohan Parasnis. Back row: Isabel Vargas-Hurlston, Kate Eng and Wade Smith. The Town Crier will be publishing the winning essays at losaltosonline.com.

Morning Forum speaker sheds light on global nuke hot spots


Nuclear scientist Siegfried S. Hecker, Ph.D., discussed his “Personal Reflections on Global Nuclear Hot Spots” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 2.

Hecker is a Stanford University professor and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He was director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997 and a Los Alamos senior fellow until 2005. He has received the Enrico Fermi Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Nuclear Society’s Seaborg Medal. He has extensive experience collaborating with nuclear scientists in other countries.

YWCA offers 'Tribute' to Los Altos resident for leadership

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Helen Armer of Los Altos recently received the Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA Silicon Valley.

Los Altos resident Helen Armer joined an exclusive group of women from major companies across Silicon Valley this year.

In March, the Applied Materials Inc. executive received the Tribute to Women award from the YWCA Silicon Valley. Last week she joined 31 other award winners for a dinner celebration in San Jose.

'Activating' positive change: LA resident on mission to empower others

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Parveen Panwar “gets activated” in downtown Los Altos.

Parveen Panwar believes that positivity and happiness are choices. And he’s on a mission to spread the word.

You might see him on a Los Altos street, wearing a dark-blue “#Imactivated” T-shirt, passing out “activating” wristbands, raising his arms in the air and exclaiming, “I’m activated! … You’re awesome!”

LA museum events complement Eichler show

The Los Altos History Museum explores the legacy of Joseph L. Eichler’s architectural vision in its latest exhibition, “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses,” which runs through Oct. 8.

The exhibition includes photos, Mid-Century Modern furniture, memorabilia and details on the history of Eichler’s impact on the Bay Area between 1949 and 1974. His grandson, Steven Eichler, curated the display, with graphic design by his wife, Judi.

Los Altos Relay For Life merging with Mtn. View, Sunnyvale, organizer says

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Duncan MacVicar, left, receives a handshake and a $1,000 check from Martha McClatchie, president of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos.

Thirteen years ago, the annual Los Altos Relay For Life started with a bang, raising $245,000 for the American Cancer Society. But attendance and fundraising dwindled with each succeeding year. Despite organizers’ best efforts to freshen up the event, last year’s Los Altos Relay raised less than $30,000.

But staunch Relay supporters like Duncan and Jeanne MacVicar of Los Altos are not giving up.

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