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Amateur Radio Field Day scheduled Saturday

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society is scheduled to demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.

The society will operate three radio stations during this year’s Amateur Radio Field Day, attempting to make as many contacts as possible with amateur radio stations throughout North and South America. Participants will communicate using voice, Morse code, radio teletype and digital packet radio.

MV, SVCE host meeting on switch to carbon-free electricity

The city of Mountain View and Silicon Valley Clean Energy are scheduled to co-host a community meeting on the final phase of the city’s switch to 100 percent carbon-free electricity 7-9 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers at Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro St.

Mountain View in April began receiving some of its energy from SVCE, a community-owned agency that provides cleaner, renewable energy for 12 cities in Santa Clara County, including Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Mountain View is expected to receive all of its electricity from SVCE beginning in July.

Library broadens access with new technology

The Santa Clara County Library District recently installed faster and more powerful computers at its eight libraries, including the Los Altos Library, to ensure that all county residents have access to evolving technology.

The computers feature faster processors, larger screens and Blu-ray Disc players. More than 20 new software options include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Animate; Microsoft Visual Studio and Office 2016 Suite; WinWay Resume Deluxe; Ultimate Phonics for adult literacy educational lessons; and Camtasia for creating online tutorials and videos at no charge.

Union Presbyterian hosts pancake breakfast

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled its 45th annual Independence Day Pancake Breakfast 8:30-11 a.m. July 4 in the church’s Bailey Hall and the adjacent patio, 858 University Ave.

Caturday draws Mountain View's VICs (very important cats)


Mountain View cat lovers and cats gathered in Pioneer Park June 3 to mark the first Caturday of the month.

The unofficial social gathering, ostensibly organized only by cats, drew more than a dozen human attendants in the role of cat wranglers and admirers. The Caturday concept first rose to prominence when internet message board 4chan’s users nominated Saturday as the peak time to share LOLcats, the pictures that superimposed jokey phrases on photos of cats being goofy. That initial meme went mainstream, and has spawned loosely organized in-person meetups around the world.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: How Frank Lloyd Wright helped Los Altos find its heart

Robin Chapman/ Special to the Town Crier
Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hanna House at Stanford University in 1936. Wright stayed at the home during a 1954 visit. The historical house, donated to Stanford in 1975, sustained damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake but has since been restored.

One of the 20th century’s most famous architects paid a visit to Los Altos in 1954 and helped city officials pick the site for the civic center. It is a little-known tale, first uncovered by reporter Robin Hutchings in a 1977 Town Crier article.

Buried in the article about the upcoming dedication of the Los Altos History House, former Mayor George Estill Sr. and historian Joseph Salameda reminisce about how the civic center property was chosen.

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