SLAC physicist encourages local AAUW scholarship winners

Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The American Association of University Women’s recent luncheon included, from left, Tech Trek scholarship winners Kate Stone, Grace Cai, Alexandra Segubiensese, Souf Rivkin, Madison Chin and Taylor Ewan; and AAUW Executive Director Vicki Reeder. Not pictured is scholarship winner Astra Tulac.

Stanford University physicist Jana Thayer served as featured speaker at a luncheon last week honoring middle-school girls from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto who will attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford in the summer.

The luncheon, co-hosted April 28 by the Los Altos/Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women, encouraged the girls – recipients of camp scholarships provided by the branches – to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Local Arts Roundup: Gallery exhibitions, open studios scheduled

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“Robleda Road Orchard” is among the pieces by artist Barbara von Haunalter on display at Viewpoints Gallery in downtown Los Altos. 


Viewpoints Gallery has scheduled the exhibition “Different Strokes,” featuring new works by local artist Barbara von Haunalter, through May 27.

The display highlights von Haunalter’s mastery of a variety of media, including works in watercolor, acrylic, water-soluble oil and gouache. Her works feature a signature tranquil and serene style. Each piece invites viewers to pause and appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world around them.

Local resident Crouse helps annual Flower Run event blossom

Courtesy of Joy Erf
Children distribute flowers to runners participating in last year’s Flower Run.

When Debbie Crouse’s children were growing up, the Los Altos resident sought ways to give back to her community. One way was joining Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which supports children in the foster-care system.

In an effort to raise money for the nonprofit agency, Crouse is helping organize the second Flower Run, a 5K run/walk scheduled 9 a.m. May 12 beginning at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Locally produced documentary puts human face to housing crisis

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus hosted a pre-screening April 23 of a new documentary, “Los Altos: A Place to Call Home in Silicon Valley?”

The film is part of the group’s ongoing effort to highlight the affordable housing crisis and its impact on area residents – even in affluent Los Altos.

First Friday event boasts Mother's Day theme

Courtesy of Carol Garsten
Last month’s “April Foolish” First Friday featured an after-party for the bands that performed, with attendees from Sunday Seven, Fully Funded, Eurotrash and Mollie and Scott enjoying wine and pizza from State of Mind Public House and Pizzeria. Band members, left, sport their First Friday baseball caps.

May’s First Friday event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening gathering will feature a Mother’s Day theme, along with extended hours at shops, galleries and restaurants, some of which will offer discounts and promotions.

Community Briefs

Volunteers needed for Sudden Oak Death survey

The spring rains could make this one of the worst years for spread of Sudden Oak Death, according to UC Berkeley researchers who organize the Sudden Oak Death Blitz, scheduled 10-11 a.m. May 12 at Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road.

Sudden Oak Death has killed millions of oaks in California and is spreading locally. Annual Blitz events are designed for all Californians to participate as “citizen scientists” in tracking Sudden Oak Death.

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