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Summer 'Reading by Design' program winds down

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One of the more eye-opening events in the Santa Clara County Library District’s “Reading by Design” series was a presentation by the group Northern California Bats.

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2017 Summer Reading Challenge is entering its final chapter, scheduled to wrap up next week in Los Altos.

The annual program – this year known as “Reading by Design” – has been a success, according to Rose Khoury, supervising librarian in children’s services for both the Los Altos main library and the Woodland Branch. She noted that there have been approximately 2,000 signups at the main library and 400 at the Woodland Branch.

Stanford student introduces kids to nature at Hidden Villa

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Emily Williams receives some impromptu face painting from young visitors at Hidden Villa nature preserve in Los Altos Hills, where she volunteers.

Stanford University student Emily Williams, 22, enjoys connecting children with nature as a volunteer at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit organic farm and educational garden in Los Altos Hills.

Red Cross to honor two local residents as 'heroes' at Sept. 28 luncheon-fundraiser

Red Cross honorees include Dr. Richard Slavin, recognized for a lifetime of achievement as a doctor and hospital administrator, and teen Nadia Ghaffari, who is making an impact through her TeenzTalk.org website.

Two Los Altos residents are among the six local leaders recognized as “heroes” by the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley.

The nonprofit organization last week named Richard Slavin, M.D., and Nadia Ghaffari as honorees. They will be recognized at the Red Cross chapter’s “Heroes Centennial” event, scheduled 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

Pet of the Week

Courtesy of Palo Alto Animal Services

Stars is a 13-year-old, long-haired, female cat available for adoption through Palo Alto Animal Services. Animal control officers picked up Stars in Los Altos. She had a microchip, but her owner’s contact information was missing from the chip. The Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter nonprofit organization is donating $400 toward Stars’ future medical bills. For more information on Stars and other animals available for adoption, call PAAS at 496-5971, visit cityofpaloalto.org/animalservices or stop by the shelter at 3281 E. Bayshore Road.

Los Altos city manager gives overview of plans in Rotary Club talk

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Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its July 13 meeting.

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan is responsible for 104 miles of streets, 6,500 trees, 8,000 police dispatch calls annually and 3,000 emails per day, among other duties.

Jordan, a 31-year veteran of local government who assumed the Los Altos position last year, offered his take on the status of city operations during a July 13 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Community Briefs

Fire department offers CERT training

The Santa Clara County Fire Department has scheduled Community Emergency Response Team training 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The CERT program educates residents about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their areas and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety and light search and rescue.

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