AAUW celebrates Tech Trek scholars Sunday


The Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women have scheduled a “Fiesta Lunch” celebrating their Tech Trek Science Camp scholars noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Garden House in Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The scholars are girls who attend middle school in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

MV library presents conversation with Vargas

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas is scheduled to appear in conversation with Michael Jones 6:30 p.m. May 13 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Jones, principal of Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary School, set to open in Mountain View in August, will interview Vargas and conduct a question-and-answer session.

Community Briefs – Week of May 1

Award-winning musicians perform at LA church

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and national award-winning vocalist Greta Pedersen are scheduled to return to Los Altos for a concert with Bay Area fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken and Doug Young 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Hanson and Pedersen’s concerts are a mix of jazz, Americana, originals and pop. Gerken and Young draw from their individual catalogs of original compositions, Celtic tunes, arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional classical piece.

Members of MV church help 'economic orphans' in Honduras

Courtesy of Greg Corsetto
Children at a day orphanage in Honduras participate in a robotics camp hosted by members of Mountain View’s Highway Community church.

As it has done every other year since 2011, The Highway Community church in Mountain View sent a team to Santa Bárbara, Honduras, in February to work at a day orphanage run by Bay Area organization Footsteps Missions.

“It is very poor there,” said Mountain View resident Daryl Smithgall, director of Footsteps Missions, of the Central American country. “Jobs are scarce and training is hard to find, so we are helping the children with the least opportunity to have the possibility of education that will help them to learn new skills, prepare for jobs, learn how to be people of character and integrity and how to become leaders for the future (through the day orphanage).”

CSA's Young Professionals group sponsors networking event

Community Services Agency’s Young Professionals group is scheduled to host its inaugural Empty Glasses networking event 1-4 p.m. May 18 at Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley.

The event is geared toward professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s living and working in the Bay Area who want to get more involved in the community. CSA’s Young Professionals group is an action-oriented service organization for those who want to address the issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness through volunteering, fundraising and serving as community ambassadors. CSA’s vision is that the networking group will help build a framework for creating a high-impact, customized social responsibility program.

Hidden Villa hosts Japanese Cultural Day

Courtesy of Margaret Abe
Young participants at a previous Japanese Cultural Day engage in a game of tug-of-war.

Hidden Villa is scheduled to host its fifth annual Japanese Cultural Day 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in the Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The connection between Hidden Villa and the Japanese community dates back to the preserve’s founders, Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who in the 1940s opposed Japanese internment.

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