Famed sports columnist shares experiences, predictions with Rotary Club of Los Altos

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San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy takes questions during his Los Altos Rotary appearance.

Mark Purdy, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News since 1984, described himself as “an opinionated guy who loves sports!” to the audience at the Aug. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

He admitted to having been a jokester during his school days, but has since been honored by the Wall Street Journal as one of America’s top 10 sports columnists.


Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at the Krause Center for Innovation gallery, Building 4000 on the Foothill College campus, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.


Affluent women also falling prey to abusive husbands – even in Los Altos: Confronting Domestic Violence

Ruth Patrick is executive director of Women/SV.

Los Altos is a wonderful place to raise a family. We generally are acquainted with our next-door neighbors and can’t help but run into someone we know when we go shopping or out to eat. And how many towns are like ours – where you can walk your dog at night and not be looking over your shoulder?


'Beach Blanket Babylon' star entertains Rotary Club

“Beach Blanket Babylon” star Tammy Nelson entertains members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Aug. 21. Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier

Wearing 300-pound hats as she belts out clever, zany and often bawdy songs, Tammy Nelson stars in the long-running San Francisco revue “Beach Blanket Babylon.” She visited the Los Altos Rotary Club Aug. 21 to entertain members.

How Nelson manages to keep her gigantic hats balanced is a trade secret she refused to divulge. Crooning and teasing as she circulated through the Rotary Club crowd, she crowed, “Use your diaphragm – you really don’t need a microphone.”


Los Altos-Mtn. View AAUW looking for new recruits

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.


'Partners' changes name, retains mission to help youth

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The name’s changed, but the goal remains the same for members of Mentor Tutor Connection: provide support to local students.

Partners for New Generations recently changed its name to Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) to more clearly reflect what the nonprofit organization does and whom it serves, according to organizers.

Although the name has changed, the group’s commitment to students in the community has not. MTC members said they are focused even more clearly on their mission to help “build brighter futures” for youth in Los Altos and Mountain View public schools through tutoring and mentoring programs that boost social and academic skills.


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