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Deadline approaches for community volunteer award nominations

The Joint Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Oct. 31.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

White House pastry chef serves up sweet tales at Morning Forum of LA

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Executive chef Roland Mesnier addresses a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Oct. 4.

Chef Roland Mesnier discussed “All the Presidents’ Pastries” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Oct. 4 while wearing his chef whites.

Mesnier spent 26 years (1979-2004) as executive pastry chef at the White House. In his memoir “All the Presidents’ Pastries,” he reveals that though he made desserts for hundreds of state dinners throughout five administrations, he never served the same dessert twice.

Sculptor, photographer combine creative forces for 'Ancient Echoes'

Henriette Ponte, left, and Bill Scull, right, is currently on display at Gallery 9.


Sculptor Henriette Ponte and photographer Bill Scull display their work in the joint exhibition “Ancient Echoes,” scheduled to run through Oct. 30 at Gallery 9.

Paul Simon sings for 'Life' at Hills home

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Paul Simon, second from left in blue hat, is mobbed by admirers following his Los Altos Hills performance. The pop music legend signed autographs and posed for selfies with guests.

He started with the sound of silence and ended with more “lie-la-lies” than anyone but Paul Simon is entitled to.

“Just taking in this view for a second,” Simon said, pausing to absorb the panorama from Julie and Carlo Panaccione’s Los Altos Hills backyard. “Just like Manhattan.”

The Forum celebrates 25th anniversary

residents and original Forum residents Nels and Mary Carol Burdett are honored by residents Nancy Hendry, left, and Edith Tousey, right.

The Forum at Rancho San Antonio celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala Sept. 24. Eighteen original residents, who still reside at the senior living community in the Cupertino foothills south of Los Altos, were honored at a reception followed by dinner and dancing.

Mary Elizabeth O’Connor, president of The Forum’s board of directors, read congratulatory proclamations and resolutions from California State Sen. Jim Beall, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang and Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Rose.

Sky's the Limit Fund replaces despair with hope for at-risk kids

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Guests at the Sky’s the Limit fundraiser included, from left, Executive Director Nancy Moore, wilderness camp alumni Johnny Sobol and Marie Sarlo; Andrea Thompson, whose daughter completed wilderness therapy; and Raj Mathai, KNTV news anchor and event master of ceremonies.

Visitors to the seventh annual “Reaching for the Stars” breakfast Sept. 30 should have been advised in advance to bring their Kleenex. They heard heartbreaking stories of rebellious, suicidal adolescents and parents at their wits’ end. But each story ended in hope and testified to the transformative power of wilderness therapy.

The event drew a packed house to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto, raising money for Sky’s the Limit Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting youth in crisis through wilderness therapy programs. Sky’s the Limit was founded in 2009 by two Los Altos mothers, Rochelle Bochner and Lani Dorff.

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