6th-grader becomes published author

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Caitlyn Zhu, 11, displays the front cover of her new book, “The Helper,” featuring a sled dog named Padfoot as the main character.

Eleven-year-old Caitlyn Zhu uses her commute to and from school with her mom as a way to voice her opinions on animal rights, environmental issues and an array of other topics.

“I feel strongly about peace and that animal abuse should end,” the Los Altos resident said. “When I felt really passionate about it, I would talk really loudly in the car about it – and no one would really listen.”

Forum speaker says billionaires changing space program


The future of space is commercial, according to Bruce Pittman of NASA Ames Research Center, who outlined new plans for the space program in his presentation “How Billionaires Are Changing the Space Program” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 4.

Pittman, director of commercial space development at NASA Ames and professor at Santa Clara University, described the exploration achievements of NASA, offering a historical perspective on space travel from its inception to the present day. Beginning more than 200 years ago with the first Industrial Revolution, he discussed the long but steady march of discovery.

SV Reads at LA Library celebrates women LA Library celebrates women


Author Julian Guthrie and entrepreneur Abe Kleinfeld are scheduled to discuss women and men working together at a Silicon Valley Reads program set for 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The 2020 theme of Silicon Valley Reads is “Women Making It Happen,” and Guthrie’s book “Alpha Girls” is among the featured selections in a year that celebrates 100-plus years of women’s achievements. More than 150 free public events for all ages will be offered throughout Santa Clara County during February and March, including several in Los Altos.

Community Briefs, San Antonio Hills, Alzheimer's talk

San Antonio Hills residents set to meet

The annual San Antonio Hills Homeowners meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. today at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1650 Country Club Drive.

Speakers will include Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian on how county government affects San Antonio Hills; county associate planner Valerie Negrete on the state’s new construction requirements for accessory dwelling units; and resident Richard Blanchard on what people can do before the lights go out due to a power outage. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Local AAUW branch awards fellowships

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Honu Nichols, left, and Tiffany Nguyen received fellowships to attend the AAUW-sponsored National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. 

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded three fellowships to local students to attend the AAUW-sponsored National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

Tiffany Nguyen and Shauna “Honu” Nichols, both students at Foothill College, and Genevieve Kolar, a De Anza College student, will participate in the conference, scheduled May 27-30 at the University of Maryland.

City of Los Altos receives award for excellence in budgeting


The city of Los Altos recently received the Excellence in Operating Budget award from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.

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