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City council candidates weigh in on top priorities


Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 4 election. To preview the Oct. 1 Los Altos Council Candidates Forum on Downtown Vibrancy and Sustainability, the candidates answered the following question in 50 words or less.

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Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos marks centennial Sept. 21


Photos courtesy of Nancy Morimoto
“The Little Brown Church,” above in black and white, was built in 1914. Below, the church is rebuilt in 1957. At bottom, a youth group at the church has fun in a photo from the 1970s.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is scheduled to host a community worship service and social event to commemorate its 100th anniversary 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the church, 858 University Ave.

At its founding in 1914, the church, commonly known as “The Little Brown Church,” was located at Third and Whitney streets, adjacent to San Antonio Road.

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Shifting into 70: Los Altos resident celebrates birthday with Yosemite ride


Courtesy of Mary Ann Bogart
Cousins Mary Ann Bogart (blond) and Pegi Wheeler chronicle stops during their cycling trip to Yosemite.

Cousins Mary Ann Bogart, a 69-year-old Los Altos resident, and Pegi Wheeler, a 54-year-old San Jose resident, share a unique tradition. Every 10 years since 1994, the two women trek the nearly 200 miles to Yosemite National Park on their bicycles.

The trips mark Bogart’s Sept. 15 birthday. This year, the women are scheduled to celebrate Bogart’s 70th bash Thursday with their usual 2.5 day journey across steep mountains and through unpredictable weather and terrain. The payoff? The satisfaction of completing the physical feat and a night at the Ahwahnee Hotel where their loved ones will greet them with cheers of support.

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Local resident follows calling to Peace Corps


Courtesy of Malcolm Alugas
Malcolm Alugas, left, of Los Altos, shown here with his family, is scheduled to head overseas next month.

Malcolm Alugas didn’t venture far from his California roots in his early years, but at the age of 24, the Los Altos resident is preparing to depart for an experience that is literally a world away. In October, Alugas will travel to Gambia to begin 27 months of service with the Peace Corps.

Although the thought of joining the Peace Corps has been in the back of his mind for some time – since he graduated in 2012 with a degree in communication from Saint Mary’s College of California – it was a deliberate break from his budding career as a semiprofessional soccer player that led him to this new life commitment. Alugas submitted his application for the Peace Corps in November and began exploring possible assignments this spring.

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Famed sports columnist shares experiences, predictions with Rotary Club of Los Altos


Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier
San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy takes questions during his Los Altos Rotary appearance.

Mark Purdy, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News since 1984, described himself as “an opinionated guy who loves sports!” to the audience at the Aug. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

He admitted to having been a jokester during his school days, but has since been honored by the Wall Street Journal as one of America’s top 10 sports columnists.

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Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at the Krause Center for Innovation gallery, Building 4000 on the Foothill College campus, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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