Rotary Club of Los Altos salutes, raises funds for local veterans at Cioppino Dinner

Lina Broydo/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Veteran Daniel Brenner proposed to Joanne Johnson at the Cioppino Dinner.

There was more to the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Cioppino Dinner and Auction than a hearty meal of crab, prawns and lasagna, as attendees gathered March 7 to offer their support to veterans.

Spearheaded by Rotary Club President Jack Kelly and co-chaired by Ron Labetich and Tracie Murray, the event netted more than $20,000 for the Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian Memorial Scholarship Fund for student-veterans at the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center.


Speaker: 'Endless possibilities' to 3D printing


Los Altos native and master industrial designer Scott Summit discussed “How 3D Printing Is Changing the World” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience March 4.

Summit, founder and chief technology officer of Bespoke Innovations, has given TED talks and lectured on design at many universities and corporations nationally and internationally. Bespoke Innovations focuses on connecting the complex medical needs of the body with the versatility offered by 3D scanning and printing. 3D Systems acquired Bespoke in 2012.


Pizza making helps choir travel and feeds the homeless

Courtesy of Margie Woch
Main Street Singers members, from left, Daniel Beatty (tenor, junior), Madeline Woch (soprano, senior) and Edward Barnes (bass, junior) display the pizzas they made for the homeless.

The Los Altos High School Main Street Singers are raising money to leave their homes and perform overseas. They’re also helping to feed people without a home to go to.

For the second consecutive year, the 30-member choral group, led by director Mark Shaull, has made and delivered pizzas to the InnVision Shelter Network in San Jose. Group members make ready-bake pizzas twice a year to sell as a fundraiser for the needs of the choir, including travel, music and wardrobe expenses.


Morning Forum speaker addresses Japan's economy


Business leader Glen S. Fukushima reviewed “Japan’s Economy: Prospects and Pitfalls” in a Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation Feb. 18.

Fukushima is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on U.S.-Japan relations, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia and international trade.


Diabetes nonprofit makes name for itself in Bay Area

Tamar Sofer-Geri

A Los Altos resident’s startup nonprofit continues to makes strides – albeit small ones.

Tamar Sofer-Geri, who founded Carb DM in 2011, said her organization is slowly becoming a recognized entity in supporting and educating Bay Area families affected by Type 1 diabetes. Also known as juvenile diabetes, the autoimmune disease affects 5 percent of all diabetics in the U.S., according to the American Diabetes Association.


Panetta talks leadership at Celebrity Forum

Courtesy of Lori Thomas
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta, center, attends a Feb. 19 reception co-hosted by the Foothill Commission and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Flanking Panetta are Celebrity Forum founder Richard L. Henning and Foothill College President Judy C. Miner.

Leon Panetta, newly retired after a half-century career in government, celebrated a homecoming of sorts with his Feb. 21 appearance at the Celebrity Forum Speaker Series at Flint Center in Cupertino.

The former congressman, U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA director was born and raised in Monterey and graduated from Santa Clara University.


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