AN 'APP-EALING' CHALLENGE ... Local middle and high school students have a chance to enter Rep. Anna Eshoo's annual Congressional App Challenge, which runs through Nov. 1. The challenge kicked off last week and is part of a nationwide, bipartisan event where students compete against their peers in each congressional district to create a software application for cellphones, tablets or computers. The competition was established in 2013 by Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and former Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte to increase student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math. "The Congressional App Challenge is a unique opportunity for students, regardless of their level of coding expertise, to turn their creative ideas and talents into apps that provide real-life solutions to problems they see in their communities," Eshoo said in a June 15 press release. Locally, the challenge is open to all middle school and high school students who live in or are eligible to attend a public school in the 18th Congressional District, which includes Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. Students may work in groups of up to four people — as long as at least two of the students in the group are eligible to compete in the 18th District. The winning student or group from each participating congressional district will have their app displayed in the U.S. Capitol. More information can be found at eshoo.house.gov/constituent-services/house-student-app-challenge.
BACK IN ACTION ... East Palo Alto held a grand reopening event for its Senior Center, which welcomed the community back on Friday, June 17, after the pandemic forced the facility to close for two years. Ahead of the event, city officials said operations, programs and services would resume at the center, located at 560 Bell St. "No one ever expected that a pandemic would occur nor that it would last over two years," said Millicent Grant, the center's executive director. "Thankfully, the senior center had, and continues, to provide food for the seniors that are shut-in." East Palo Alto Mayor Ruben Abrica was equally as excited about the reopening. "With this joint reopening, we will strengthen the collaboration of city, county and Senior Center ... to provide more services to our multicultural senior community," he said. Seniors were honored at the June 17 grand reopening, which included musical performances.
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