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

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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.

Pet of the Week, May 8

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Chihuahua Smidge is available for adoption through Pets In Need.

Smidge is a 3-year-old female Chihuahua available for adoption through Pets In Need. Although Smidge weighs in at just 5 pounds, she possesses the charm and personality of a much larger dog, and she’s become the de facto lobby mascot of the Palo Alto shelter, according to Pets In Need reps. A loyal and adventurous companion, she enjoys walks and excels on a harness.

For more information on Smidge and other animals available for adoption, call Pets In Need at 496-5971, visit or stop by the facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.  

Forbes publisher spotlights ‘Late Bloomers’

Longtime Forbes magazine publisher and Los Altos resident Rich Karlgaard is scheduled to discuss his latest book, “Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 14) at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 

Community Briefs – Week of May 8

SIR lunch features talk on medical marijuana

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Tim Byars, “Medical Uses of Marijuana,” 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball and investments.

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