Westwind program seeks volunteers

Westwind 4-H Horse Riding for the Disabled has scheduled a volunteer orientation and training session noon Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers care for the horses and assist in leading or side-walking horses during lessons. No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.


Animal Assisted Happiness measures success by the smile

Photos courtesy of Animal Assisted Happiness
Animal Assisted Happiness co-founder Vicki Amon Higa, in green, escorts a young rider on a miniature horse. The nonprofit organization provides opportunities for children to interact with animals.

If the mere thought of a sheep, goat, pig or miniature horse makes you smile, imagine the impact on a curious child, a lonely senior citizen or an injured veteran when he or she comes into direct contact with animals.

The Los Altos-based nonprofit Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) facilitates that contact. The group’s mission statement is in the name itself: to bring joy and, at times, a much-needed therapeutic lift with the aid of some four-legged friends. Contact with animals is a huge benefit for the special-needs community, whose members often feel marginalized because of their disabilities.


Los Altos Golf & Country Club primps, expands with new $14 million facelift

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The new Sequoia Room at Los Altos Golf & Country Club accommodates up to 120 people.

Proving the adage that some things improve with age, Los Altos Golf & Country Club recently completed a $14.1 million addition and renovation on the heels of its 90th birthday.

Although the 155-acre facility has undergone numerous remodels since its establishment off Loyola Drive in the unincorporated area near Los Altos in 1923, the latest additions expand facilities and upgrade amenities for the club’s 425 proprietary members, social members and special-event guests.


'FBI's Indiana Jones' tells tales of art heists


Robert Wittman, billed as the “FBI’s Indiana Jones,” addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 18, telling true tales about tracking down art thieves.

His presentation, “USA vs. Art Thieves: True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones,” highlighted his 20-year career with the FBI, during which he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property.


Rotary Club of Los Altos honors Simitian for service


The Rotary Club of Los Altos honored Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian as a Paul Harris Fellow for living the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

At the club’s 65th anniversary luncheon, held at Los Altos Golf & Country Club March 6, Rotary past presidents Dennis Young, Mary Prochnow and Roy Lave highlighted the contributions Simitian has made to the community through his service as state senator and assemblyman, mayor of Palo Alto, Palo Alto School Board president and county supervisor, among other roles.


Author tells story of Silicon Valley in pictures

Marlene Cowan/ special to the Town Crier
Author Mary Wadden addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 13.

Author Mary Wadden showcased a vivid collection of photos, historical posters and tourist postcards that trace the story of the Santa Clara Valley’s development from the Gold Rush to today’s Facebook collaborators in a Rotary Club of Los Altos presentation March 13.


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