Serving up a tradition: Church's Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast helps foster kids

For nearly half a century, people have been lining up for homemade hotcakes on the Fourth of July at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, and this year’s Independence Day will serve up another stack.

Scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. in the church’s Bailey Hall at 858 University Ave., the 47th annual breakfast is free. Donations collected will support Help One Child’s Signs of Hope Camp, enabling 60 children to attend the camp in Scotts Valley.

SF Symphony, fireworks highlight 4th of July concert at Shoreline

The San Francisco Symphony is scheduled to headline the 33rd annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, 8 p.m. July 4 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View.

With the theme “To the Moon and Back,” the event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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.

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