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Rotary Art Show features painter of Chinese legends

“Moon Rising” is among the works of painter Caroline Young. Young is among more than 160 artists scheduled to show their creations at this weekend’s Fine Art in the Park event at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. Courtesy of Cindy Bogard-O’Gorman

More than 160 artists are preparing to display their work at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 44th annual Fine Art in the Park show 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln Park. Chinese-American painter Caroline Young is among them.

Young depicts centuries-old Chinese legends in her intricate paintings. Raised in Hong Kong by American-born parents, she became intrigued by traditional stories explaining the mysteries of the universe, stories that have molded generations of children immersed in Chinese culture.

Rotary talk addresses end-of-life legislation

Because it can be hard to discuss death and the decisions around it, hospitals and medical staff encourage the use of advance care directives. However, many people still wonder whether their directive for a peaceful death will be respected.

The difficulty in discussing the topic prompted the Rotary Club of Los Altos to invite Kim Callinan, CEO of the nonprofit Compassion & Choices, to speak at the club’s May 2 meeting about the work her group does to improve end-of-life care options.

Community Briefs: Senior creativity, rummage sale and more

Saturday event offers seniors creative outlets

The Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, a Los Altos Community Foundation-supported initiative, has scheduled a Senior Creativity Event 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Highway Community, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Free for anyone age 50 or older, the event will include a variety of workshops, from Bollywood dancing to watercolor painting, doodling, journal writing, songwriting and outdoor activities.

Lockheed Martin engineer inspires local AAUW scholars

Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek Scholars include, from left, Aliyah Ambrosio and Malia Chan from Crittenden Middle School; Sara Simpson from Blach Intermediate School; Burla Solmaz from Crittenden; and Audrey Tsai, Catherine Yao and Sabrina Yen-Ko from Egan Junior High. Not pictured: Paulina Vvendenskaya from Blach.

Annette Bianco, retired chief systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., shared her journey from earning an Associate of Arts degree from the College of San Mateo to a leading role in developing the International Space Station with an overflow audience of girls and their families at an American Association of University Women meeting May 5.

Bianco was the featured speaker at a luncheon honoring the girls selected from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto middle schools, who will attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford University in the summer. Camp scholarships are funded by local branches of the AAUW and the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

Kiwanis Pet Parade set for Saturday

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It’s that time of year again: The Kiwanis Pet Parade is scheduled to begin 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Los Altos. Above is a scene from the 2016 parade.

Local pets, their owners and animal lovers will gather Saturday for the 72nd annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, scheduled 10 a.m. beginning at First and Main streets in downtown Los Altos.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos launched the parade in 1948, and it’s been a community tradition ever since. The free event draws hundreds of participants and spectators each year.

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