Teal means food allergies are for real

Photos courtesy of Mansi Tripathi
Mansi Tripathi of Los Altos supports the Teal Pumpkin Project for children with food allergies. Her 18-month-old daughter, Mira, paints her pumpkin teal to alert trick-or-treaters that her house is serving treats appropriate for those with food allergies.

Mira Tripathi painted her pumpkin teal this year to signify to trick-or-treaters that her Los Altos home will distribute nonfood items on Halloween.

Mira, 18 months, is allergic to nuts, so her mother, Mansi, is supporting the nationwide Teal Pumpkin Project with hopes that the movement will spread.


Scouts clean creek, freak over 'voodoo doll'

Members of Boy Scout Troop 80, from left, Antonio Gonzales, Will Fitch, Sam Vincent and Vasu Singha recently picked up trash along Stevens Creek in Los Altos and Mountain View. According to Assistant Scoutmaster John Fitch, the boys hauled out 26 bags of trash they collected from just one-third of a mile along the creekbed. “Paint cans from graffiti sites contributed the majority of the trash,” Fitch said. Among other items found were a “voodoo doll,” above, a garden hose, shopping carts and golf balls. Troop 80 meets Monday nights at First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View.


Del Castillo Ditzel's photography, paintings on display at LAH Town Hall: Local Arts Roundup

courtesy of Gallery 9
The art of Lisa Carpenter is scheduled for display at Gallery 9 through the end of November.

The fine-art photography and paintings of Inmaculada Del Castillo Ditzel are on display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Del Castillo Ditzel’s photographs and floral paintings – reverse painted on plexiglass – are on display through January.


Readers back to their old haunts with another bewitching collection of tales

There was no shortage of entries in this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories Contest.


Celebrity Forum founder Henning reflects on 47 years of star speakers

courtesy of Dick Henning
Dick Henning still presides over the successful Celebrity Forum Speakers Series he founded nearly 50 years ago.

Last August, friends of Richard “Dick” Henning celebrated his 80th birthday in a most elaborate – and expensive – way: They joined him on an African safari. Henning, a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, has led safaris for his fellow Rotarians and others since the mid-1980s.

“I tell people, ‘This was not an eco trip – it was an ego trip,’” Henning joked. “Twenty friends paid $15,000 each to attend my birthday party in Botswana.”


Morning Forum speaker takes audience on trip 'Beyond the Taj Mahal'


In introducing her talk “Beyond the Taj Mahal: Inside India” to the Los Altos Morning Forum Oct. 5, Victoria Lautman asked audience members to raise their hands if they had ever visited India. Approximately one-half of the 400 attendees indicated that they had.

While Lautman assumed that most of them had visited the Taj Mahal, she was confident that few had ever visited the hidden parts of India that have kept her returning for more than 30 years.


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