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Los Altos Rotary Club distributes grants to local nonprofit groups


Charles Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotary Club of Los Altos grants chairman Lonnie Gary, left, and Rotarian Kendra Gjerseth, third from left, join representatives of nonprofit groups that received club funding.

Funds earned at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park fundraiser in May will go back into the community.

Lonnie Gary, the club’s grant chairman, presented $30,000 in Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund fall grants Nov. 3 to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations.

New Los Altos Hills holiday program fields letters to Santa

It can get awfully hectic at the North Pole this time of year, what with mapping sleigh routes, fielding gift requests and tuning up reindeer – all while negotiating with the ELU, or Elf Labor Union.

Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a little help.

Health policy expert shares insight with Morning Forum audience


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Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed national health-care policy at the Nov. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed “Making America’s Health Care Great (Again?)” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 1, offering encouraging and often humorous insight.

Rotarians salute and support vets


Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los Altos
U.S. Marine veteran Jeshua Sosa, flanked by Rotarians Ron Labetich, left, and Jack Kelly, attends the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.
 

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ support of the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center embodies the club’s mission to serve the community.

After learning in 2011 of local veterans’ needs, Rotarians, including 37 veterans, mobilized and committed to support veterans.

Composer hits humorous notes for Morning Forum


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Rob Kapilow, standing, and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet combined forces Oct. 18 to entertain – and educate – the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on the nuances of classical music.
 

The Morning Forum of Los Altos turned into a party Oct. 18 when music expert Rob Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet led the presentation “Haydn and the Detective Novel: Does Music Have a Plot?”

Using Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 76 No. 5, Kapilow – a composer, conductor, author and NPR music commentator – compared the piece to a mystery novel.

Kids of all backgrounds discover sustained welcome at Hidden Villa


Hidden Villa has offered generations of children wilderness experiences that nurture a love of the wild as well as an appreciation of campers’ racial and cultural differences. 
 

• 2016 update: The 1,500 young people from kindergarten through high school who visit the 1,600-acre preserve’s summer camp represent a striking cross section of Bay Area society. Many children return year after year, growing into camp leaders and venturing throughout the region on extended backpacking trips.


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