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Cioppino Feed benefits veterans

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 39th annual Cioppino Feed fundraiser 6-10 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The event will feature live and silent auctions, a raffle, live music and a dinner of cioppino, lasagna, Caesar salad and wine.

City, museum invite children to enter essay contest

The annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest is open to children in grades 3-6.

A copy of the cover sheetprompt, teacher directions and rubric are posted here.

Los Altos Senior Program participants hold party to mark 40 years in business

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Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson leads local seniors in celebrating the city’s Senior Program during the Jan. 11 40th anniversary party.

Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson believes that turning 40 means getting “stronger, better, wiser.”

In celebration of the Los Altos Senior Program’s 40 years of services, Anderson has planned a number of special events. The first was a 40th anniversary luncheon Jan. 11, held in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room.

It took 40 years, but Hillview School teacher publishes sci-fi novel

Mary Starner's “Anna” tells a science-fiction tale rooted in the Los Altos area.

The crumbling classrooms at Hillview Community Center – formerly Hillview Elementary School – host city functions and senior programming these days. Little do their inhabitants know that Room 18 once traveled through space.

Years before Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen and Percy Jackson led young adult literature into the world of science fiction and serious book business, a Los Altos School District teacher was leading her students on a literary romp. Her stories finally reached bookshelves late last year.

Brothers come to firefighters' aid with toy donations

Courtesy of the Suppiah family
Brothers Alex and Nico Suppiah deliver toys over the holidays.

After organizing Toys for Tots drives and volunteering at the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot in previous years, brothers Alex and Nico Suppiah wanted to do even more to help people over the 2016 holidays.

The two Boy Scouts did some research and discovered that the local fire departments were sponsoring a toy drive. The Suppiahs wanted to join the cause.

These Los Altos Library Reading Buddies are all ears

Courtesy of the Los Altos Library
Reading Buddies therapy dogs help children build their confidence in a special program at the Los Altos main library.

Carter’s preferred snack is freeze-dried liver, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is his favorite book and eating is featured prominently on his list of daily activities. Torrey likes bananas, “Henry and Mudge” stories and dressing up. Desi’s jam is bacon, “Madeline Finn and the Library Dog” and napping in the sunshine.

As profiled on their respective promotional bookmarks, each four-legged Reading Buddies participant boasts a distinct personality. But it’s the canines’ ability to listen without interrupting that consistently attracts the program’s two-legged participants – struggling readers who gain confidence by reading aloud to therapy animals. Saturday marked the post-holiday return of the free monthly drop-in sessions at the Los Altos main library.

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