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News - February 25, 2011

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Kid-friendly dental day

Community Health Care Awareness (CHAC), a local non-profit is hosting an event to teach children under age 5 and their families the importance of dental hygiene.

The "First Five Dental Wellness Day" is set for Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include classes on oral health awareness, dental anxiety and on-location dental screeners to check teeth and gums, said a CHAC representative. The dental demonstration will be at the recently opened Mercy Street Family Resource Center in downtown Mountain View.

CHAC is working in association with the Jewish Family and Children's Services and FIRST 5 Santa Clara County to bring services and counseling to Mountain View. They specialize in children age 5 and under, and offer free classes and referrals.

— Peter Maxwell

Unplug, drive in, drop off

The Los Altos High School Associated Student Body with the help of Green Mouse Recycling (GMR) is sponsoring an Electronic Waste Collection Drive, Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave. Los Altos.

Community members are encouraged to bring their old, broken down or unused electronic appliances to the e-waste drive so that they can be properly recycled according to California state regulations, a representative from the school's ASB said. Items being collected include, but are not limited to: computers, laptops, televisions, DVD players, speakers, cables and microwaves.

The collection is a drive-in and drop-off event. The staff from GMR will handle all the unloading and sorting. GMR is a state-approved electronic waste recycling service for schools.

GMR can recycle items too large to bring to the collection drive. If the appliance weighs over 200 pounds, people in the Los Altos area can contact GMR and they will pick it up.

—Peter Maxwell

Local student honored

Los Altos High School senior Jose Antonio Villanueva was honored at the 12th Annual National Youth Awards Ceremony by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

At the Feb. 9 ceremony, the foundation recognized Villanueva and seven other stellar Hispanic academics from across the country, along with actress America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty" fame. Villanueva was honored for his ability in math and engineering.

Villanueva is ranked at the top of Los Altos High's advanced placement and honors courses with a 4.22 grade point average. He is the vice-president of the school's Latino Student Union and the outreach commissioner of the Los Altos High Student Associated Body. His goal is to attend the University of California Berkeley as a civil engineering major. He is of Mexican and Spanish descent.

"I believe that just like this organization, it is my duty to give back to the Hispanic community. Once I attain my degree as an engineer, I plan to return to my community to unleash the untapped potential that exists within our Hispanic youth. I hope to one day inspire others to reach for their dreams," Villanueva said at the ceremony

—Peter Maxwell