Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

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Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to life behind closed doors in a 4,000-square-foot workshop in Mountain View. They don’t walk, but they can talk, brandish swords and not spill a drop of grog.

The pirates are scheduled to return once again to the beachhead they established on Halloween four years ago – Pirate Manor on Manor Way in Los Altos – occupying the entire front yard of Dane Glasgow and his wife Jill’s Mediterranean-style house.


Pathway named for longtime LAH volunteer

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Los Altos Hills named a pathway in honor of longtime town volunteer Bob Stutz.

The town of Los Altos Hills named its newest pathway in honor of Bob Stutz, a 52-year resident of the town and longtime volunteer.

The town has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the path 10 a.m. Nov. 1 at the trailhead on Dawson Drive between numbers 11635 and 11639. From there, the path follows a series of switchbacks down to the main trail route.


Museum's 'Now and Then' events celebrate Silicon Valley: Activities include holiday shopping

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled two “Now and Then” events that invite visitors to step into two worlds – the “now” of Silicon Valley and the “then” of the Valley of Heart’s Delight – 1-3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 at the museum.

The “Now” refers to the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” open through April 19. The display spotlights visionaries with Los Altos and Los Altos Hills connections who helped create the area’s high-tech sector.


World Affairs discussion focuses on drought

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled Peter Gleick, Ph.D., founder and president of the Pacific Institute, to discuss “Water: California and the Global Outlook” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Gleick, an expert on water and climate issues, will present his perspective on California’s drought, including the impact climate and environmental changes are having on global freshwater supplies and their resulting effects on social, political and security matters.


Morning Forum speaker notes positive signs in Afghanistan


U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former ambassador to Afghanistan, expressed optimism in his presentation on “The End of America’s Long War in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 7.

According to Eikenberry, next year is going to be “very decisive” for Afghanistan, but he pointed out that every year has been considered decisive there. However, he is “cautiously optimistic” about the challenges the country faces.


Suzanne Bell chimes in with fashion tips online

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Suzanne Bell strikes a pose in downtown Los Altos recently. Having fun with fashion – and offering good advice – is the basis for Bell’s new website,

Suzanne Bell of Los Altos has, as she quips, “a passion for fashion.” But for years, that passion took a backseat to raising a family and selling real estate with her husband, Rick.

Not anymore. Bell recently launched a website,, a user-friendly site that features a regularly updated blog and addresses common fashion dilemmas.


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