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As someone who has worked with campaigns since 2017 and followed presidential races since I started reading in 2007, the upcoming election season is set to be one of the most confusing ones yet. Why? Because in a field of more than 20 opposition candidates who generally have similar policy positions, the case for which particular candidate will have the best chance at beating Donald Trump is truly unknown.

Potting plants for the planet: Students run booth at Arts & Wine Festival

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Student environmental advocates Mallory Weisfeld, left, and Anika Sikka plant basil seeds at their booth at the Arts & Wine Festival.

The annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival brings hundreds of artists, food vendors and musicians from throughout the region to downtown Los Altos. This year, however, a group of local middle school students managed to get their own booth at the July 13-14 event.

Bullis Charter School’s #Decarbonize – Decolonize club, which aims to bring awareness to the fight against climate change, manned a booth in the Kidzone this year, where club members showed kids how to plant basil and sunflower seeds.

String art event combines math and creativity

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Sophia Yurchenko creates a “string art” piece at Grant Park Thursday as part of a Los Altos Public Arts Commission activity.

Art and math are often viewed as two separate domains, with little overlap. However, a Los Altos Public Arts Commission event last week aimed to disprove that stereotype.

The commission organized a “string art” activity before last Thursday’s summer concert at Grant Park. Local high school volunteers showed younger kids how to create art by connecting wooden stakes in a circle with multicolored yarn and electrical tape.

MVLA Foundation gives record grant

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Los Altos High School students work on a science lab for Meghan Strazicich's class. Strazicich received an Innovative Learning Grant from the MVLA Foundation.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation has once again made a record grant to the high school district, raising $1.804 million, a $100,000 increase over last year.

The MVLA Foundation, which funds a variety of district programs, has a history of upping its contribution each year. The money largely comes from parent donations, as well as gifts and matching funds from local companies.

FHDA students urge board to address housing

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Students have argued that the Flint Center at De Anza College should be turned into student housing. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District's board voted to close the Flint Center last month, but its future is still uncertain.

More than a dozen students turned out to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s July 8 board meeting to reiterate the need for campus student housing.

A few brought signs with slogans like “Why is this even a fight? Housing is a human right!” and more than half a dozen spoke to the board.

Noteworthies: Graduations and academic honors

Local students graduate from college

• Krystin E. Skidmore of Los Altos earned a master’s degree in music from Wichita State University. Skidmore’s major was music-opera performance.

Four local students graduated from Tulane University in May.

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