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Art instructor highlights traits of good design at Morning Forum


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Simon Pennington addresses the May 19 Morning Forum gathering.

Foothill College instructor Simon Pennington traced innovations in 20th-century design in his presentation “Designing the Future: Modern Design and the Creative Economy” at The Morning Forum of Los Altos May 19.

Pennington has taught art history at Foothill for 20 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

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Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


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Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, telling stories of his childhood, family, career and passion for science. Many of his anecdotes were taken from his best-selling book, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself” (Random House, 2007).

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High-speed rail proponent Quentin Kopp denounces current plan as 'low-speed rail'


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Quentin Kopp explains his case at the May 20 SPARC meeting.

Former judge and elder statesman Quentin Kopp visited a meeting of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) May 20 to explain why the current version of California’s High-Speed Rail wouldn’t work.

Kopp, an independent, was the keynote speaker at last week’s meeting, held at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. He detailed the long list of lawsuits, finances, track sharing and other problems plaguing the current version of the fast trains.

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Seniors receive help from realtors during RSVP Week


Courtesy of Silicon Valley Association of Realtors
Realtor Service Volunteer Program participants Dani Fletcher, left, and Nancy Domich wash windows for a senior homeowner in Mountain View.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors helped seniors and the homebound with household chores they can no longer perform on their own during the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) May 4-8.

Tasks the realtors performed at no charge included washing windows, flipping mattresses, vacuuming, trimming bushes and replacing smoke-detector batteries and furnace filters.

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Peter Su: Singing, songwriting suits him just fine


Courtesy of Peter Su
Los Altos native Peter Su, a 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School, traded venture capital for the music business. “To be fulfilled, I had to do what I loved,” he said. Su is currently in Los Angeles working on his first album.

Los Altos native Peter Su recently traded in his suit and tie for a guitar and a microphone.

The 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School worked at Goldman Sachs and for venture capital firms on Menlo Park’s famous Sand Hill Road before making the switch to music three years ago.

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LA Rotary Club helps with Nepal relief


Courtesy of Save the Children
A two-year-old boy manages a smile at a tented settlement in Nepal after last month’s earthquake. With financial support from the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Save the Children provides displaced families with hygiene kits and infant kits that include warm clothes, hats and blankets.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ World Community Service Committee has launched a fundraising campaign to help with relief efforts in Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that hit the nation April 25.

Funds raised will support the Sunrise Rotary Club in Kathmandu and the nongovernmental organizations Save the Children and ShelterBox.

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