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

Courtesy of Parveen Panwar
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.

Moffett Field Museum reopens today, celebrates history of Naval Air Station

Courtesy of Moffett Field Historical Society
The Moffett Field Historical Society is scheduled to reopen its Moffett Field Museum today. The museum is pictured at right, dwarfed by the historical Hangar One in the background.

The Moffett Field Historical Society is scheduled to reopen the Moffett Field Museum today, closed for repairs since late February.

The museum documents the history of the former Naval Air Station, its use as a training base during World War II and the role the military installation played during the Korean War, the Cold War and the years beyond.

Families in need bank on furniture, thanks to Los Altos resident's efforts

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Bay Area Furniture Bank matches one home’s surplus with another household’s need. The furniture bank was founded by Los Altos resident Ray Piontek.

Los Altos resident Ray Piontek’s Bay Area Furniture Bank matches one home’s surplus with another household’s need.

When flooding displaced families in San Jose this spring, he assembled household furniture for six families to warm their temporary apartments, and travel home with them as San Jose rebuilds.

Inspire MV awards grants

Organizers of the Inspire Mountain View Community Challenge recently awarded $525,000 in grants to applicants who most inspired public voters with their proposals to make Mountain View a more compassionate, equitable community and a better place to live and work.

Organizers said they originally had planned to award three grants, but funding increased, enabling them to select nine recipients.

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