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St. Nicholas hosts parenting talks

St. Nicholas Catholic School is set to host two “Parenting 101” events, 7 p.m. May 7 and May 8 at the school, 123816 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Both talks will focus on the differences between raising girls and boys and will feature presentations by experts in youth development.

Tonia Chen and Jenna Borrelli, teen therapists with the Children’s Health Council, will lead a discussion on “Raising Confident Girls Mindfully in Silicon Valley” May 7.

Jerry Shapiro, a counseling psychology professor at Santa Clara University, will present “What Boys Need” May 8. His presentation will delve into the question of why boys today are falling behind girls in school and have increasing diagnoses of pathology.

The events are part of an ongoing St. Nicholas parent education series. Admission is free and open to all.

Visit or to register.

Loyola K-Kids Club collects eyeglasses

The Loyola K-Kids Club is collecting used eyeglasses for its annual “Share Old Spectacles” drive.

The club donates the glasses to Direct Relief International, where they are cleaned, repaired and their prescriptions identified before distributing them around the world to those who can’t afford glasses. The students collect approximately 1,200 pairs of glasses every year.

To donate, drop glasses in the collection boxes at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St.; Starbucks at Rancho Shopping Center, 654 Fremont Ave.; Tom’s Depot, 991 Fremont Ave. in Loyola Corners; the office of Dr. Shahin Fazilat, 515 South Drive, Suite 25, Mountain View; or Mountain View Optometry, 495 Castro St.

Living Classroom recruits docents

Volunteer docents are needed for the Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom program, which delivers hands-on, garden-based lessons to students throughout the school year. Docents connect kids with nature, teach where food comes from and promote environmental stewardship.

No experience is necessary.

For more information, call 947-1103, email livingclassroom@ or visit

LAHS seeks volunteers for STEAM week

Los Altos High School’s STEAM Week Committee seeks a speaker coordinator and other volunteers. The committee organizes STEAM Week each fall, which brings science, technology, engineering, art and math speakers to the school.

For more information, email Laura Teksler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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