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Perennial shelter cat finds a forever home

Courtesy of PAAS
Elly Mae, a longtime shelter resident, is now living large with her new owners, Nikki DeFeo, left, and Shannon Smith.

The delicate, ladylike way to refer to Elly Mae’s girth is “big boned.” But at a peak weight of 19 pounds, 12 ounces, the skinny is that this is one fat cat.

“She would bother us about eating food,” said Sachi Hwangbo, a registered vet technician with Palo Alto Animal Services.

Hidden Villa offers new way for kids to 'unplug'

Photo Laurie Aubuchon
Local children enjoy “unplugged” education courtesy of a new after-school program offered by Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills.

Only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own, and children are spending less than half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago.

The two reasons most often cited are the ready availability, convenience and distraction of screen time, and the increasing focus on academic learning in the classroom.

Community Briefs

San Antonio Hills holds annual meeting

San Antonio Hills Inc., the homeowners’ association serving the unincorporated areas of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has scheduled its annual meeting and celebration of its 70th year of incorporation 7:30 p.m. today at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

San Antonio Hills, which serves approximately 950 residential parcels, was established in 1941 and incorporated in 1947.

Save the Date

March 23

Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award 2017, 5:30 p.m. at Microsoft SVC Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St., Mountain View. Information: krauseinnovationcenter.org.

March 26

At the Library

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

'Pre-History of the iPhone' talk set for March 2 in Mtn. View

The Computer History Museum’s latest presentation, “Computing in Your Pocket: The Pre-History of the iPhone in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 2 at the museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The panel discussion, moderated by Computer History Museum historian John Markoff, will focus on the race to design more personalized, handheld computers.

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