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Los Altos link to Oscars: Daughter of screenwriter roots for 'Trumbo'


Shelly Bowers/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Mitzi Trumbo, above, poses with her father’s Oscar for the 1956 movie “The Brave One,” an award he received in 1975, just a year before his death.

Oscar night on Sunday will have special meaning for Los Altos resident Mitzi Trumbo. The youngest daughter of screenwriter Dalton Trumbo – whose story of triumph over the 1950s Hollywood blacklist is featured in the film “Trumbo” – she’s cheering for actor Bryan Cranston to win the Best Actor award for portraying her father on the big screen.

A professional photographer, Mitzi moved to Los Altos 22 years ago when her husband took a job with Apple Inc. Her father died in Los Angeles in 1976.

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Morning Forum of Los Altos talk focuses on how to treat OCD


Kathryn Tomaino/ Special
to the Town Crier

Dr. Lorrin Koran addresses
the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Feb. 2.

Lorrin Koran, M.D., shed light on “Overcoming Obsessions and Compulsions” at The Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 2.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Koran completed an internship at UCLA and a residency in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. He is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the Stanford University School of Medicine. During his career, Koran served more than 21 years as director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Clinic and Research Program.

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Puppet show organizer, director pulls strings to publicize upcoming Zimbabwe Run and Fair


Apala Egan/Special to the Town Crier
Jade Perry serves as director of this year’s Zimbabwe Run and Fair, scheduled March 20 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View.

Jade Perry first learned about the Zimbabwe Run and Fair in Mountain View years ago as a junior at Los Altos High School. Intrigued, she contacted race organizer Ellen Clark, who founded the annual event as a fundraiser for an orphanage in Zimbabwe. This year’s event is scheduled March 20.

Now Perry is the fair director.

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Local poet celebrates love at Rotary Club


John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos’ resident poet Bob Simon gets to rhymin’ before members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 11.

In a stentorian voice and with a twinkle in his eyes, local poet Bob Simon entertained the Rotary Club of Los Altos with his valentine-themed poems Feb. 11.

Drawn from his collection “Fleeting Rhymes” and securely anchored in local, real-life experiences, Simon – author of the Town Crier’s “Rhyme on My Hands” column – amused Rotarians with his wry sense of humor and perspective on love and life.

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Deadline approaching for 32nd Margaret Thompson Essay Contest submissions

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are co-sponsoring the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, open to third- through sixth-graders who live in the area and/or attend local schools. Students who are home-schooled may also participate.

The theme of this year’s contest complements the current museum exhibition, “Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive.”

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El Camino YMCA welcomes a new executive director


Zimmerman

The YMCA of Silicon Valley recently appointed Renee Zimmerman as executive director of the El Camino YMCA in Mountain View.

Zimmerman brings 26 years of nonprofit experience to the role, including 12 years in previous Y leadership positions as associate executive director at two different facilities.

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