LA's 'Al the Barber' celebrates 90th birthday

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Al Galedrige, who retired in 2014 after 66 years as a barber in Los Altos, celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 23.

Retired Los Altos barber Al Galedrige celebrated his 90th birthday Jan. 23 surrounded by family and friends at a local restaurant.

Galedrige opened Al’s Barber Shop near the corner of Main and First streets in Los Altos in 1948, four years before Los Altos was incorporated. Known as “Al the Barber,” his popular business remained a fixture in Los Altos for 66 years until his retirement in April 2014.


Chamber of Commerce honors members at dinner

Julie Rose/Special to the Town Crier
Scott O’Brien, outgoing Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman, poses with award winners Ardy Bazarian, manager of the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop.

Last week’s Los Altos Chamber of Commerce 2015 Awards Dinner drew a sold-out crowd to Chef Chu’s restaurant.

Honorees included the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop (Community Legacy Award), Abby Ahrens/Enchanté Boutique Hotel (Architectural Design & Enhancement), Beepi (New Member of the Year), Sherie Dodsworth/Los Altos PREPARE (Pride of the Community Award), Dennis Duffy (Ambassador of the Year Award), Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Chair’s Special Recognition) and Young, Craig & Co. LLP (Chamber Member of the Year).


Local barn connects horse and human

A Los Altos Hills program to get local residents on horseback has refurbished spots to trot this winter, with renovated arenas at Westwind Community Barn and an expanding town riding program.


Los Altos couple describes second career volunteering to reduce poverty in Africa

Charles Lindauer/ Special to the Town Crier
Rick Walleigh shares his experiences in Africa at a Rotary Club meeting Jan. 7.

After Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh built successful high-tech careers, they weren’t quite ready to retire. So they spent their “encore” careers volunteering in Swaziland and Kenya to reduce endemic poverty.

The Walleighs appeared at the Jan. 7 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, describing the conditions they set on where they would volunteer: sites with flush toilets and hot showers, no countries with flying bullets and no nation ending in “-stan.”


Cantabile's open house slated Saturday

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley plans to open its doors to the public Saturday. The open house is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, where the group has rehearsed for more than 20 years.

“Our choir offers beauty and art to the community, and it’s nice to be part of something that is such a gift,” said Julia Zarcone, Cantabile’s executive director. “We love being located in a place that values what we offer.”


Cantor exhibition revisits Battle of Little Big Horn: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Cantor Arts Center
The above drawing (Minneconjou Lakota Sioux, 1822-1907) is from the Red Horse Pictographic Account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, 1881. Created with graphite, colored pencil and ink, the image is among 12 scheduled for display at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University.

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University has scheduled the exhibition “Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn” Saturday through May 9.

The exhibition includes 12 ledger drawings by Red Horse, a Minneconjou Lakota Sioux warrior who fought against Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.


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