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Noteworthy: Los Altans host Japanese 'friendship' visit


Courtesy of Dee Gustavson
Dave and Dee Gustavson of Los Altos, left, wear the Sapporo Friendship Force’s costume as they socialize with Kishiko Otaki, their Japanese guest during a recent cultural exchange.

 

Kishiko Otaki of Sapporo, Japan, recently visited Dave and Dee Gustavson’s Los Altos home. Otaki was one of 15 Japanese travelers who stayed with local hosts for a week through the San Francisco Bay Area Friendship Force.

During the visit, Otaki and the Gustavsons were dinner guests of Los Altos neighbors Mary and Cal Morris. Other activities included four mornings of English classes, a welcome party at a Milpitas restaurant, pumpkin decorating, a Cultural Day with the Japanese guests entertaining their hosts with songs in Japanese and a dance featuring a 56-bamboo-stick mat to make various shapes in rhythm while singing. The Japanese group and their hosts gathered at Prusch Farm Park for the dedication of a fruitless mulberry tree, planted in the Friendship Force’s Friendship Forest in honor of the Sapporo club.

St. Timothy's Church recognizes Eagle Scouts: Scouting News


From left are Max Drummond, Kai Jarmon and Hunter Borlik.

St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Preschool in Mountain View recently honored three local Boy Scouts for their Eagle Scout projects.

The church recognized Hunter Borlik of Troop 75 and Max Drummond and Kai Jarmon of Troop 33 Oct. 2 at the Grand Garden Opening, with Interim Rector Karen Cuffie blessing the garden and families enjoying cookies and milk. For their Eagle Scout projects, Borlik, Drummond and Jarmon worked on carpentry projects that provided additional opportunities for preschoolers to learn through play.

MVLA superintendent joins YMCA board: Noteworthy


Harding

 

The El Camino YMCA recently appointed Jeff Harding, superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, to serve on its board of managers.

Before his MVLA post, Harding served as superintendent for the Healdsburg Unified School District for seven years. He began his career teaching environmental education and mathematics and later served as assistant principal at Drake High School in Marin County and as founding principal at Windsor High School. Harding graduated from UC Berkeley, where he was a Sherman-Fairchild Scholar.

Troop 61077 earns Bronze Award: Scouting News


Courtesy of Sue Elkin
Junior Girl Scout Troop 61077 members sit on the bench they financed and installed at CSA. Pictured, from left, are Julia Oram, Alexandra Margaritis, Chloe Michel, Ella Rose Deegan, Sarah Mosalem, Shannon McCabe, Ava Elkin, Jen Corley, Charlotte Yao, Sophie Scherkenbach and Tara Davari.
 

Los Altos Junior Girl Scout Troop 61077 recently earned the Bronze Award, which involves developing and implementing a 40-hour service project with lasting impact.

The troop set out to help local residents in need of food and shelter and reached out to Community Services Agency to see how they could accomplish their goal. The troop learned that the line for services can be long, sometimes wrapping around CSA’s building and parking lot. The troop decided to purchase and install benches for clients to sit on while they wait.

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