Sunnyvale community briefs for the week of May 7

Wu wins National Merit

Ivy Wu, a student at The King’s Academy in Sunnyvale, is one of about 1,000 high school seniors named as winners in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program.

Wu is among those who have won scholarships financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Most awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide stipends that range from $1,000 to $10,000 each year. Some provide a single payment of $2,500 to $5,000.

The announcement marks the first of the awards in 2021 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. It will name recipients of $2,500 scholarships May 12, and winners of college-sponsored merit scholarships June 2 and July 12.

Springtime workshops

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is exploring local wildlife this month in some online workshops.

“Animal Families,” a family-friendly program about some types of wildlife families, is set for May 7, noon-1 p.m. The workshop will cover different parenting styles—species that care for their young vs. those that have more of a hands-off parenting style—and family groupings—animals that live in big colonies vs. those who prefer to stay solo.

Register at to receive the Zoom link.

The next day, May 8, Phoenix of Phoenix’s Curiosity Cabinet will talk about local nocturnal animals from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This program will be hosted live on the Open Space Authority’s Facebook page, although a Facebook account is not required to access it. To view the workshop, visit

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

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