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Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show


Courtesy of Bev Harada
Chi Am Circle members, from left, Gerrye Wong, Sylvia Eng, Pearl Lee and Muriel Kao flank Larry Chu Sr. at the Jan. 31 event honoring the club’s 50th and Chef Chu’s 45th anniversaries.

Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos hosted a Jan. 31 dinner celebrating two milestone anniversaries. Restaurant founder Larry Chu Sr. presided over an event marking the restaurant’s 45th anniversary while simultaneously honoring the 50th year of the Chi Am Circle Club.

Chi Am Circle was founded in 1965 as a social club for Asian-American women but grew into a philanthropic organization that donates to charitable causes. The nonprofit group currently comprises 120 members from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga.

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Group raises funds to restore Redwood Grove's Halsey House


Courtesy of Gary Hedden
Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaugh- ter of the original owners of Halsey House, shares memories at a Friends of Historic Redwood Grove event.

Friends of Historic Redwood Grove raised approximately half of its $25,000 goal Feb. 15 to fund restoration of the Halsey House in the Los Altos preserve.

The group hosted an information session highlighting its plans to renovate the landmark for city recreation programs and community use.

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Pioneers tell their 'Silicon Valley Stories'


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
“Silicon Valley Stories” panelists include, from left, Chuck Geschke, Donna Dubinsky, Michael S. Malone and Sandra Kurtzig.

One group stood out among the near-capacity crowd that attended the Los Altos History Museum’s “Silicon Valley Stories” panel at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater Feb. 11. Alongside the mostly older attendees sat a large contingent of teenagers.

Panelist Michael S. Malone, one of the world’s best-known technology writers, asked if the students were there for a class assignment. One responded that they attended because they love learning.

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Resident embarks on fact-finding mission in Myanmar: Merry Lee Eilers travels with American delegation


Courtesy of Merry Lee Eilers
Merry Lee Eilers of Los Altos Hills visits a pagoda in Myanmar’s Bogan Valley on her recent trip with a delegation from American Women for International Understanding.

After traveling last year to Myanmar, Los Altos Hills resident Merry Lee Eilers said the nation’s residents are hopeful for positive political change.

Eilers met with Myanmar’s prominent activists and civic and cultural leaders as part of a 12-member delegation representing American Women for International Understanding (AWIU).Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is among the poorest nations in the world.

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Mustang goes from wild to Westwind for 4-H program


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
It only took a few minutes of riding to know that Reno the mustang was the horse Sandy Staricha, pictured at right, and Nancy Couperus wanted to bring home to Los Altos Hills. Reno will be used in the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program.

Pure luck led Sandy Staricha and Nancy Couperus to discover Reno – a 14-hand, 900-pound horse – in a barn outside Sacramento.

Although the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program volunteers were shopping for another horse during the visit, the seller tipped them off to Reno, who could be an even better fit for their needs.

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Chinese New Year starts with a 'Gong': Foothill College dancers to open parade March 7 in San Francisco


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bubba Gong, front, leads the Foothill Repertory Dance Company in a rehearsal of “East Side Story.”

Like red peonies blooming in fast motion, dancers in colorful garb glide across the floor into formation. The loud percussion of the Chinese pipa and erhu instruments contrasts with the soft landings of dancers’ ballet and jazz techniques.

Members of the Foothill Repertory Dance Company are scheduled to take their fancy footwork from their practice studio in Los Altos Hills to the streets of San Francisco March 7 as the opening act at the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade.

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