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Downtown Los Altos art exhibitions usher in the holiday season: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
“Autumn, Aspen and Evergreen” is one of several Karen White paintings on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos. Her exhibition features oil paintings created over the past year.

Following is roundup of local arts events and exhibitions.

Viewpoints Gallery

Karen White is the featured artist for the month of December at Viewpoints Gallery. Her exhibition, which runs through Dec. 31, features oil paintings created over the past year.

MERIT program helps teachers incorporate technology

Courtesy of KCI
Members of this year's MERIT graduating class gather for a group photo earlier this year.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2016 update: The MERIT program has always been an incubator for the wide array of innovative professional development programs offered at KCI. Administrators continue to update the curriculum according to educational trends, and this year added a focus on computer science, computational thinking and design thinking.

Teen hopes Star Trek Club lives long and prospers

Suzi Platt/EMP Museum
A trip to the “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit at the EMP Museum in Seattle, above, inspired Los Altos Hills high school student Angeline Chen to start her own Star Trek Club.

When teenager Angeline Chen first discovered the “Star Trek” TV series, she was hooked almost immediately.

“When I started watching ‘Star Trek’ … I felt like the (Starship) Enterprise was a second home to me,” the Los Altos Hills resident said. “I didn’t really feel that way for other (shows), and I soon realized that was because the characters’ very strong sense of family and friendship made it seem like home.”

Veterans Resource Center helps ground student vets at Foothill College

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Student veterans use the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College to facilitate their transition back to civilian and academic life. The center offers vets counseling and access to mental and physical health resources.

• Mission: The Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College provides programs and support that help former members of the U.S. Armed Forces transition to civilian life. Veterans specialist Julie Brown views the office as a “one-stop shop” where veterans can receive college counseling and help finding living arrangements in a difficult housing market, accessing mental and physical health resources and making professional connections.

• 2016 update: The longtime leader of the center, Carmela Xuereb, retired in 2016.

Los Altos resident's passion for Girl Scouts results in 2016 exemplary leadership award

Courtesy of the Miner family
Petere Miner’s Girl Scouts award recognizes volunteers who serve as “exceptional models for girls and adults and have had an extraordinarily profound impact on girls’ lives through their empowerment of those girls.”

You could say Petere Miner is a Girl Scout for life.

Although her family moved a lot growing up, she stuck with Scouting. And, as an adult, she pursued her passion for helping kids by becoming a Girl Scout leader – serving for the past 26 years.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of Mentor Tutor Connection

Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection
Mentor Tutor Connection provides tutoring and mentoring programs that promote academic success and build friendships in the process. 

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2016 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s new executive director, Padma Gargeya, came aboard Nov. 1. Linda Eckols, MTC board chairwoman, said Gargeya’s experience with Bright Futures – a nonprofit organization similar to MTC that serves students in East San Jose – should serve her well; Gargeya went from mentor to mentor coach to the leadership team there.

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