Mentor Tutor Connection: Making bigger commitment to students amid year of change

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A group of mentors and mentees visit the elephant seals in Año Nuevo State Park in February, pre-shelther-in-place.

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection, entering its 25th year, aims to enhance the academic and life skills of local youth through individualized volunteer tutoring and mentoring. Mentors work with high school students facing challenges due to socioeconomic or other personal circumstances; tutors volunteer in the classroom and after-school homework programs at elementary and middle schools to help students who are falling behind in reading, math, science and other subjects.

New downtown Los Altos sculpture debuts

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Artists Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, center, stand by their creation, "Madahlia," on Saturday in Los Altos.

Arts Los Altos unveiled its new sculpture, “Madahlia,” Saturday on the Assistance League of Los Altos grounds in downtown Los Altos.

Classical guitar prodigy from Los Altos gets national exposure

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Los Altos resident Preston Hong talks about performing intricate compositions as a young musician this week on NPR's "From the Top."

The NPR show “From the Top” featured classical guitar prodigy Preston Hong this week. Preston, 11, a Los Altos resident, performed among several outstanding young musicians across the country.

Veterans Day: Film documents resident's harrowing WWII experiences

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Charles McCandless managed to survive numerous close calls while participating in key World War II battles in the South Pacific.

The late Charles Sprague McCandless of Los Altos Hills lived a long life with dual careers as an engineer and real estate developer. A family man, he had four children with his wife, Jean, a respected artist. He was also a World War II veteran, but he kept those experiences under wraps. Like many veterans of the era, he didn’t talk about his service.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: The flag and its respectful retirement

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American Legion Post 558 vets pick up discarded flags from the Post’s unserviceable flag container once a month, and once a year give them a respectful retirement.

We honor America’s military veterans today and every Nov. 11. It is a fitting time to remember how much the American flag means – not just to all of us who live in freedom, but especially to those who have worn the uniform of our country.

LAH Youth Commission announces Halloween costume contest winners

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The French family of Los Altos Hills – Nick, Melissa, Grayson and Parker – won the family division with their witchy-themed ensemble “Room on the Broom.”

From “Dr. Doggie Fauci” to a “Bloody Barista,” members of the Los Altos Hills Youth Commission selected the winners of the town’s virtual Halloween costume contest.


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