LACF oversees grants program for improving Mountain View

Individuals and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants beginning Tuesday under the new program Inspire Mountain View.

Inspire Mountain View is a community grants challenge established by four tech companies in the city: Google Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Symantec Corp. and Synopsys Inc.

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Cioppino Feed benefits veterans

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 39th annual Cioppino Feed fundraiser 6-10 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, a raffle, live music and a dinner of cioppino, lasagna, Caesar salad and wine.

City, museum invite children to enter essay contest

The annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest is open to children in grades 3-6.

A copy of the cover sheetprompt, teacher directions and rubric are posted here.

Community Briefs

Foothill College lecture covers black hole

Astronomy and physics professor Andrea Ghez, Ph.D., of UCLA is scheduled to discuss “The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The nontechnical lecture is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series.

Women Rising event raises domestic violence awareness

WomenSV, a local nonprofit organization that serves affluent victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its third Women Rising event 3-5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Los Altos.

The Valentine’s Day campaign coincides with One Billion Rising, an international day of recognition that acknowledges the statistic that one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes.

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Event commemorates Roe v. Wade decision

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade noon to 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The program will feature Lupe Rodriguez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Sophia Yen, M.D., associate professor of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Stanford Hospital.

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