Whose sari now?: Traditional Indian garment makes a comeback with support from modern women

Courtesy of Archana Appanna
Saris are making a comeback, thanks to an international movement promoted by a Los Altos woman and her friends.

Archana Appanna is hoping the sari, a staple of traditional Indian fashion, catches on, not only in her hometown of Los Altos, but also all over the world.

She’s part of a movement of Indian women who are bringing back the everyday wear of the sari through the 100 Sari Pact, which claimed Dec. 21 as World Sari Day.


Los Altos volunteer places priority on 'fun' at Hidden Villa preserve

Laurie Aubuchon/Special to the Town Crier
John Seyfarth is standing in front of a trail he takes his schoolchildren on, located near Hidden Villa’s hostel.

Los Altos resident John Seyfarth, 57, finds volunteering for Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program to be a perfect fit.

As a Farm and Nature guide for schoolchildren on fieldtrips at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, educational organic farm and wilderness area in Los Altos Hills, Seyfarth said, the “main attraction” for volunteering at Hidden Villa “is the wonderful experiences I’m able to pass on to the kids.”


Morning Forum audience experiences 15th-century Renaissance

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Special to the Town Crier Kay Payne lectured on the joys of Renaissance-era art during her Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation.

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne offered the Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos audience a look at daily life in 15th-century Italy in her presentation “A Day in the Life of the Renaissance: A Lively Guided Visit to Florence and Venice.”

Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UC Berkeley. She has developed 39 art history lectures and a series of illustrated presentations on special exhibitions at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, for which she has been a docent since 1981. She served as an art docent in Los Altos schools for 12 years.


Firefighters collect toys for children in need

Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
Los Altos firefighters display the types of toys they would like local residents to donate.

Local firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped gifts at their Los Altos and Los Altos Hills fire stations under the Community Toy Program.


Rotary Club marks World AIDS Day with update on projects

John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Arthur Ammann, M.D., addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Dec. 3 meeting, dedicated to reviewing the progress made in AIDS prevention and treatment.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos commemorated World AIDS Day last week with a special program dedicated to emphasizing the continued importance of HIV education and testing.

The Dec. 3 AIDS Day program featured three local trailblazers: Dushan “Dude” Angius, founder of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project; Richard Casey, president of Rotary’s AIDS Project; and Arthur Ammann, M.D., the immunologist who diagnosed the first case of pediatric AIDS at UC San Francisco.


CSA receives Google help for feeding seniors at upcoming holiday luncheon

Courtesy of Mountain View Senior Center
Seniors prepare to dine at their holiday luncheon at the Mountain View Senior Center, an annual event coordinated by Community Services Agency. Google Inc. is helping out with this year’s affair.

The high cost of living is not only driving out the area’s low-income residents, it’s also pushing out those who take care of them.

But Google Inc., a company considered one of the chief contributors to the high cost of living, is coming to the rescue of a Mountain View nonprofit group that helps those in need.


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