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History essay winners present

Winners display their prizes from the 33rd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest during a May 9 reception at the Los Altos History Museum. Students were asked to write on Native American foods, reflecting a recent museum exhibition. Pictured, from left, front row: Josephine Dunne, Avery Simonsen and Colin Chin. Second row: Abigail Kamenetsky, Cooper Hahn and Genna Noble. Third row: Mackenzie Fobes, Katie Noble, Florencia Rodriguez-Steube and Rohan Parasnis. Back row: Isabel Vargas-Hurlston, Kate Eng and Wade Smith. The Town Crier will be publishing the winning essays at losaltosonline.com.

Save the Date

June 9

State of the Cities luncheon, sponsored by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. Speakers include Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow and Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck. Town Crier publishers Liz and Paul Nyberg will receive the Walter and Marie Singer award for community service. Information: losaltoschamber.org.

June 10-11

Relay For Life, Silicon Valley North (Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale), a 24-hour fund- raiser for the American Cancer Society, 10 a.m. June 10 to 10 a.m. June 11 at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. Information: relay.acsevents.org.

Morning Forum speaker sheds light on global nuke hot spots


Nuclear scientist Siegfried S. Hecker, Ph.D., discussed his “Personal Reflections on Global Nuclear Hot Spots” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 2.

Hecker is a Stanford University professor and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He was director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1986 to 1997 and a Los Alamos senior fellow until 2005. He has received the Enrico Fermi Award from the U.S. Department of Energy and the American Nuclear Society’s Seaborg Medal. He has extensive experience collaborating with nuclear scientists in other countries.

Fine Art in the Park musicians add entertaining note to show

Courtesy of Patricia Rohrs
Georgi and the Rough Week, led by Georgi Sneckner- Longboya, is set to play rock and blues on the South Stage at the Fine Art in the Park show Saturday and Sunday.

John Sylvester, jazz musician and member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, has booked a varied lineup of new and repeat musicians to perform at Fine Art in the Park, scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Saturday and Sunday at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Six groups, including Sylvester’s own Jazz ConneXion trio, will entertain attendees while they browse and shop for art or purchase food and beverages. This year’s event features the works of more than 150 artists.

YWCA offers 'Tribute' to Los Altos resident for leadership

Courtesy of YWCA
Helen Armer of Los Altos recently received the Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA Silicon Valley.

Los Altos resident Helen Armer joined an exclusive group of women from major companies across Silicon Valley this year.

In March, the Applied Materials Inc. executive received the Tribute to Women award from the YWCA Silicon Valley. Last week she joined 31 other award winners for a dinner celebration in San Jose.

'Activating' positive change: LA resident on mission to empower others

Courtesy of Parveen Panwar
Parveen Panwar “gets activated” in downtown Los Altos.

Parveen Panwar believes that positivity and happiness are choices. And he’s on a mission to spread the word.

You might see him on a Los Altos street, wearing a dark-blue “#Imactivated” T-shirt, passing out “activating” wristbands, raising his arms in the air and exclaiming, “I’m activated! … You’re awesome!”

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