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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.

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.

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.

Community Briefs

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.

MVLA players 'kickstart' family's recovery in wake of devastating fire

Courtesy of Angie Petrella
Members and supporters of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club – from left, Jessica Anderson, Braden Greene, coach Ali Hall, Claire Greene, Sasha Anderson and Alyse Graham- Martinez – sort items they later donated to a Menlo Park family of 10 that lost its home in a fire.

When members of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s Kickstart program learned that a family of 10’s home burned down a few weeks before Christmas, an MVLA team sprang into action.

MVLA Roma White, a team of 10-year-old girls, pulled together to collect clothes and shoes to help the Menlo Park family.

Women Rising event raises domestic violence awareness

WomenSV, a local nonprofit organization that serves affluent victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its third Women Rising event 3-5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Los Altos.

The Valentine’s Day campaign coincides with One Billion Rising, an international day of recognition that acknowledges the statistic that one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes.

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