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

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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.

Community Briefs - Week of June 19

LACF sponsors solstice celebration

Los Altos Community Foundation has scheduled a “Summer Solstice Celebration” 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Behar family’s historical Marini House near downtown Los Altos.

The event will include appetizers and locally produced wines. Local residents can network with foundation donors and learn about the organization’s impact and opportunities to become involved.

Local Young Men's Service League Rancho Chapter honors members

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Members of the Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter gather last month at the organization’s Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet.

The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its end-of-year Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet last month at the Sunnyvale Community Center, honoring members who have performed community service.

YMSL is a four-year program for mothers and their high school-aged sons, spanning grades 9-12. The Rancho Chapter, founded in 2015 by 10 Los Altos moms interested in engaging their sons in community service, boasts 201 members. The boys and their moms have provided thousands of hours of community service to more than 30 local groups.

'Alpha Girls' author highlights successful Silicon Valley women


Julian Guthrie, author of the new book “Alpha Girls,” touted the “extraordinary successes” of four Silicon Valley women at the May 30 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Guthrie, whose previous best-sellers spotlighted highly successful men like Larry Ellison (“The Billionaire and the Mechanic”), explores in “Alpha Girls” the drive and ambition of women who had the grit to take alpha positions at male-dominated venture capital firms. Guthrie defines “alpha girls” as “the women upstarts who took on Silicon Valley’s male culture and made the deals of a lifetime.”

Schola Cantorum choir to perform winning entry in student poetry contest

Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley recently launched a poetry contest for high school students, with the winning poem being set to new music and performed by the 75-voice ensemble.

Young poets are asked to submit work under the theme “California’s Natural Beauty.” All poems must have a title and be 20 lines or fewer. Any rhyme style is accepted except free verse.

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