Foothill sponsors lecture on universe’s origins
UC Berkeley astrophysical theorist Eliot Quataert, Ph.D., is scheduled to present an illustrated, nontechnical lecture, “How the Universe Went from Smooth to Lumpy: The Modern Origins Story,” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
Quataert’s talk, part of the 14th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, will offer an overview of the modern understanding of the universe’s origins in astrophysics.
Quataert will describe how the universe has evolved to its current state, emphasizing how gravity reigns supreme and builds up the planets, stars and galaxies required for biological evolution to proceed. He will show how, in addition to their scientific importance, these ideas have far-reaching philosophical and religious implications.
Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in any student parking lot. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.
For more information, call 949-7888 or visit foothill.edu or astrosociety.org/education/silicon-valley-astronomy-lectures.
Egan schedules e-waste collection
Egan Junior High School has scheduled its annual e-waste recycling day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the school’s parking lot, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.
GreenMouse Recycling will be on hand to collect e-waste items and ensure that toxic electronic waste is responsibly recycled.
Proceeds benefit Egan’s Science Department.
Speaker series hosts parenting author
The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Madeline Levine to discuss “Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success” 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
Levine co-founded Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education, and authored “The Price of Privilege” and “Teach Your Children Well.”
Levine’s presentation will address definitions of success and the importance of skills based around creativity, collaboration and innovation, and provide research-based solutions for practical modern parenting.
The presentation’s target audience is parents of kindergartners through 12th-graders.
Admission is free.
The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation, the Los Altos Educational Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.
For more information, visit lamvptac.org/category/parent-education.
PNG schedules open house
Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that provides mentors and tutors to local students, has scheduled a volunteer information night and open house 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District offices, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High School.
Teens and their volunteer adult mentors do everything from bowling to hiking, cooking and going to movies. Primarily they talk – and listen – to one another. The relationships are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.
Through the information night, PNG hopes to attract new volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.
For more information, visit pngmvla.org.
Local groups seek volunteers
JustREAD, a nonprofit, community-funded literacy program, seeks tutors to work at least one hour per week to help middle and high school students with reading.
The program trains tutors to work one-on-one with students in a supervised classroom setting during the school year.
JustMATH, a community-volunteer math-tutoring program, needs volunteer tutors to work at least one hour per week to help students improve their math skills.
JustMATH also seeks a part-time volunteer site coordinator to manage a middle school tutoring program.