Scoutmaster touts opportunities for girls

Photo courtesy of Stephen Wu/Troop 4201
Boys Scouts of America now offers programs for girls. Girls in Los Altos Scouts BSA Troop 4103, above, raft down the river during a camping trip in Fairfax.

Girls can now participate in programs sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America. Local Scoutmaster Stephen Wu outlined opportunities in the Los Altos area.

Thanks to a policy enacted in February, elementary-school-aged girls can join Cub Scouts in all-girl dens, and older girls can join all girl-troops in Scouts BSA, rebranded from the former Boy Scouts of America.

Sunday's STEM Fair at museum combines apricots and science

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Last year’s Apricot STEM Fair proved a big hit for the Los Altos History Museum, drawing more than 700 visitors.

Blending past and present, a free event that combines Los Altos’ agricultural roots with its current role as an area of innovation is scheduled Sunday at the Los Altos History Museum.

The second Apricot STEM Fair is slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Family Planner: Free summer events in Los Altos and Mtn. View

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Live music fills Los Altos' parks during the summer – catch one of the Thursday night events with a picnic in hand.

Families looking for after-work entertainment that is kid-and-picnic friendly will find a profusion of civic events with live music in public spaces over the next two months:

Morning Forum season ends with ode to George Gershwin

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Dr. Richard Kogan gets a warm reception from the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience following his June 4 appearance.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 69th year ended on a musical note June 4 with Dr. Richard Kogan’s presentation on “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin.”

A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard Medical School, Kogan is clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.” Through his lecture-recitals, he examines the lives of great composers through the lens of a psychiatrist.

Apricot STEM event features family-friendly activities

The Los Altos History Museum’s Apricot STEM Fair, scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30, includes activities that highlight the science-fair-meets-state-fair vibe.

Designed for all ages, the free event will feature science-themed games, interactive exhibits, an appearance by a NASA scientist and apricot tasting. Local education nonprofit groups and vendors will present hands-on STEM activities, NASA Ames Research Center will provide a live link-up to the space station and the Los Altos Environmental Commission will teach teams of high school students to pitch environmental projects. Orchard-themed games and activities and guided tours of the historical J. Gilbert Smith House and orchard will round out the schedule.

Los Altos native to be honored at Saturday's Walk to Cure Arthritis

Courtesy of the Arthritis foundation
Mountain View High School graduate Katie Taves plans to participate in this year’s Walk to Cure Arthritis event, scheduled Saturday.

Los Altos native and University of San Francisco sophomore Katie Taves is scheduled to be honored Saturday morning at the Walk to Cure Arthritis in San Francisco.

Taves was diagnosed at age 9 with a rare form of arthritis – polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis – according to a press release from the Arthritis Foundation. She was forced to drop Advanced Placement classes in high school due to her condition and was unable to attend school her sophomore year but graduated from Mountain View High in May 2017, the release said. Taves is a communications major at USF and the fundraising director for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta.

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