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At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


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Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he studied Latin for eight years and Greek for five. With a knack for foreign languages, Federici pursued international law after graduating from high school. He earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Loyola University of Chicago, a doctorate in international law from the Universitá Cattolica of Milan and a second doctorate in Spanish from Universidad Interamericana of Mexico in conjunction with the University of Chicago.

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Kiwanis Pet Parade set to trot through downtown May 14


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A decked-out Yorkie participates in last year’s Kiwanis Pet Parade. This year’s event, the 69th annual, is scheduled 10 a.m. May 14 in downtown Los Altos.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 69th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. May 14 in downtown Los Altos.

The event showcases pets marching or being toted down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners.

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Friendship blossoms at Fine Art in the Park

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Terenia Offenbacker and Nicolas Bremeau

They first met two years ago at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

Los Altos Hills resident Terenia Offenbacker is an accomplished painter who studied art education and art history at universities in Europe. Nicolas Bremeau, a curious then-10-year-old boy, was entranced by her paintings and stopped to study them one-by-one.

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Vets center coordinator retiring – but not really


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Denise Swett, left, Foothill College vice president of student services, congratulates Carmela Xuereb on her retirement at an April 28 reception held in Xuereb’s honor.

Carmela Xuereb was surrounded by smiles from well-wishers at an April 28 retirement celebration marking her more than 20 years of serving student veterans at Foothill College.

Xuereb, veterans specialist and certifying official at Foothill’s Veterans Resource Center, was a mother figure to the hundreds of vets she has helped since 1994. She was a natural to assume directorship of the resource center when it opened in 2010. The former financial aid specialist took a position she saw as a step up carrying a higher salary.

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Corporate therapist, TC columnist Hollands pioneered work in fixing high-tech relationships


Ms. Hollands

Jean Hollands was a bridge builder – bridging communication gaps to improve relations for everyone from married couples to corporate executives.

Ms. Hollands, who died April 23 at age 83, achieved considerable success as a first-of-her-kind corporate therapist. She delivered her insights with honesty and directness, while still managing to convey empathy and understanding.

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History Museum party highlights culinary skills


Courtesy of Karen Bevels Custom Catering
Caterers will compete at the Los Altos History Museum’s garden party, showcasing their seasonal pairings and culinary knowledge. Karen Bevel’s strawberry basil bruschetta plays off the sweet/tart berry’s versatility.

Caterers from around the region are scheduled to participate in a friendly competition at the Los Altos History Museum’s Spring Fundraising Gala 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Guests will sample the local ingredients and imaginative pairings assembled for a panel of “celebrity” judges and taste wines from Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

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