Mentor Tutor Connection hosts open house for new volunteers

Mentor Tutor Connection has scheduled an open house and lunch for potential volunteers noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the El Camino YMCA, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The nonprofit organization needs mentors for students at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools and tutors for elementary and middle school students in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools.

Springer students head back to school

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Sammy Bonar, 5, in yellow sweater, hugs her neighbor, Ashley Hannan, 5, Aug. 16, the first day of classes at Springer School. As is tradition, families queued before morning assembly to snap photos beside a decorative mosaic star outside the school office.

Community through the eyes of kids

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Los Altos History Museum Co-President Linda Eckols, left, leads students on a tour of their peers’ art at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House last week.

The artists, working in summer school, crafted visual responses to the Los Altos community, creating art that reflects the environment in which they live and study. The Smith House gallery is the first collaboration between the Los Altos Art Docents and the Los Altos History Museum.

Teens and seniors bridge the tech gap

Daniel Hong, a sophomore at Mountain View High, helps a local senior master a technology problem. Jane Ridgeway/Town Crier

Local high schoolers and seniors shared their knowledge last week at an Intergenerational Tech Tutors workshop offered through the Los Altos Senior Program at Hillview Community Center. Teen volunteers from both Los Altos and Mountain View High schools developed the four-week workshop’s curriculum and walked seniors through learning new technical skills, from performing a web search to navigating the wilds of social media.

“You don’t think about it because it seems so natural, but it’s really jargon-heavy,” said city recreation specialist Brandon Council. “(You might say), ‘Go to the search bar,’ but what’s a search bar?”

CSMA presents 'Midsummer Night's Dream'

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Chin-Fei Chan and Meng-Hua Lin, both faculty at the Community School of Music and Arts, are set to perform an evening of music written for flute and piano.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a concert, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Featuring Chin-Fei Chan on the flute and Meng-Hua Lin on piano, the evening’s program will include “Fantaisie” by French composer Philippe Gaubert and “Fantasia” by Taiwanese composer Tyzen Hsiao.

LA Art Docents showcase talent

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Almond School students and their families take in the sights at the final art show of the year May 25. The Los Altos Art Docents, who teach hundreds of art lessons in the Los Altos School District annually, host biennial art shows to display the work of every student.

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