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MVLA sponsors parent education event

The Los Altos-Mountain View School Speaker Series has scheduled Christine VanDeVelde to discuss “College Admission: From Application to Acceptance” 7-9 p.m. Oct. 25 in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

VanDeVelde co-authored the book “College Admission: From Application to Acceptance, Step by Step” (Three Rivers Press, 2011), a comprehensive guide to the college application process. VanDeVelde, a journalist and parent, has been through the college admission process firsthand and wrote the book she wished were available when her daughter applied to colleges.

Her presentation will include what colleges want and why, when and how to start the college search, finding schools that are right for your student and how to make the best decision.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation and the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council co-sponsor the event.

Admission is free for the presentation, designed for high school parents and counselors.

For more information, visit www.ptac.mvwsd.org/parented.html.

Santa Rita hosts Witches’ Delight

Santa Rita School’s Witches’ Delight returns to Los Altos for its 52nd haunting 3-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the school, 700 Los Altos Ave.

The event includes carnival rides, games for all ages, a cakewalk, cookie decorating and a costume contest. Churros, cotton candy and popcorn will be available for purchase. The Santa Rita BBQers will prepare dinner.

Admission is free, tickets for activities are $1. Proceeds benefit the Santa Rita PTA. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.santaritaschool.org/events/witches.html.

Living Classroom seeks volunteers

The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom Program seeks volunteers who enjoy working with students and appreciate nature.

The program reaches all grade levels within the district and includes hands-on education in science, math and social studies. A docent and often an assistant docent along with one or two volunteer parents direct lessons inside or outside the classroom.

Training and materials are provided.

For more information, call program director Mike Sanderson at 947-1103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Partners recruits volunteers

Partners for New Generations, a nonprofit group that has provided mentors and tutors to local students for 16 years, has scheduled a volunteer information open house 6-7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Ave., adjacent to Mountain View High.

The relationships between mentors and their students are designed to help struggling students build self-esteem and find positive direction in their lives.

Through the information night, Partners for New Generations hopes to recruit volunteers to serve as tutors for elementary and middle-school students and mentors at the high-school level.

To RSVP, call Carole Dorshkind at 766-2162.

For more information, visit www.pngmvla.org.

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