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Simitian office hours

Remember going in to ask your teachers for help during office hours in high school? Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is bringing it back for the community at local farmers' markets.

Simitian will host "sidewalk office hours" in Mountain View and Saratoga on April 27 and 19, respectively. Community members are invited to stop by, ask questions, and raise concerns about local issues. No appointment is necessary to meet with the supervisor.

"I look forward to talking to people one-on-one. It's tremendously helpful to hear firsthand what folks have on their minds," said Simitian.

"Now more than ever, it's important for elected officials to stay in touch," he said.

Simitian will host the Mountain View office hours on Sunday, April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Mountain View Caltrain Station, where the farmers' market takes place, at 600 W. Evelyn Ave.

Saratoga residents can find Simitian in the West Valley College parking lot on 1400 Fruitvale Ave. at the same time on April 19.

—Kayla Layaoen

Wearable art, jewelry show benefits PAMF

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation will host STYLE 2014, a wearable art and jewelry show, sale and benefit, on the weekend of April 26.

The two-day event will feature the textile and jewelry of 45 local and international artists.

Proceeds will benefit the Women's Cancer Survivorship Program at the PAMF.

STYLE 2014 will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. Tickets are fully tax-deductible and cost $10. They can be purchased at A preview of designers is also available on the website.

PAMF is located at 701 East El Camino Real, Mountain View.

—Kayla Layaoen

Startup event attracts middle school students

Sixty Bay Area middle school students participated in Startup Weekend, a 54-hour workshop event designed to teach students about founding startups and entrepreneurship, at Crittenden Middle School last weekend. The event marked the first Startup Weekend for middle school kids.

As part of the workshop, students come up with startup ideas and form teams to create a business model, code, design, and market their ideas. At the end of the event students present their ideas to local entrepreneurial leaders, who assess whether or nor the product will have a chance at success in the real world.

The event focused on startups designed to solve problems in education, with an emphasis on how real life and digital games can improve learning, according to the event website. Though competition is not a central theme of the event, teams that place first and second will have a private consultation with Facebook and Google, respectively, about their ideas.

Startup Weekend is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, with event organizers in over 200 cities across the world, committed to introducing people to the world of startups by hosting weekend-long workshops.

—Kevin Forestieri


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