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Around Town: Open house at astrophysics institute

The public is invited to attend "A Celebration of 10 Years of Discoveries" with the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Fred Kavli Building at SLAC, 2575 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

The day's events will include talks about black holes, dark energy, and extra solar planets, plus 3D movies of the universe, demonstrations, telescopes, and an "Ask the Astronomer" session.

The event is free.

Visit to register.

Three to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Three local women leaders — Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and former San Mateo County supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson — will be inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame at a reception and museum exhibit launch at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the San Mateo County History Museum in Redwood City.

For 29 years, the ceremony has been presented by the Board of Supervisors and the Commission on the Status of Women. The Hall of Fame will now have a permanent home at the history museum with a continuing digital exhibit that will incorporate past acceptance speeches, historical context, and updates on honorees, according to Christine Padilla, president of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Bill's Books award

Ruby Moreno, a freshman at Stanford University and alumna of the Peninsula Bridge Program, is the first winner of the Bill's Books award.

Ms. Moreno will receive up to $500 to use toward the cost of books in her freshman college year. The award is named in honor of former Atherton resident Bill Shaw, who organized the Circle of Champions group of donors for the annual Valpo Bowl football game between Sacred Heart Prep and Menlo School benefiting Peninsula Bridge.

Peninsula Bridge is a nonprofit that builds partnerships between public and private schools to provide learning opportunities for middle school youth at private schools for four consecutive summers.


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