More Los Altos WWII vets taking part in Honor Flight

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Los Altos resident and World War II veteran Earl Pampeyan traveled to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight last summer.

Honor Flight Bay Area is preparing to send another group of veterans on an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials dedicated in their honor.

Two Los Altos residents are among the veterans set to travel Thursday through Saturday to the nation’s capital: Frank Zampino, who served in the U.S. Navy during both World War II and the Korean War; and Cal Morris, also a Navy veteran who served during World War II.


LA Community Foundation accepts grant applications

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting Community Grant applications through June 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.


Faria and friends unite to raise funds for cancer research

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Supporters of last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View include, from left, Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele and Dominic, Eileen and Joseph Faria. The Los Altos Relay For Life is slated June 13.

Los Altos resident Joseph Faria has raised money for the American Cancer Society for five years – with help from his friends.

Faria, a senior at Homestead High School, his brother Dominic and fellow Los Altos residents Matthew Aufricht, Connor Chu, Matthew Demele, Ian Claras, Matthew Schwartz and Justin Miller participated in last month’s Relay For Life event in Mountain View for the third time, the signature fundraiser for ACS.


Art instructor highlights traits of good design at Morning Forum

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Simon Pennington addresses the May 19 Morning Forum gathering.

Foothill College instructor Simon Pennington traced innovations in 20th-century design in his presentation “Designing the Future: Modern Design and the Creative Economy” at The Morning Forum of Los Altos May 19.

Pennington has taught art history at Foothill for 20 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.


Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, telling stories of his childhood, family, career and passion for science. Many of his anecdotes were taken from his best-selling book, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself” (Random House, 2007).


High-speed rail proponent Quentin Kopp denounces current plan as 'low-speed rail'

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Quentin Kopp explains his case at the May 20 SPARC meeting.

Former judge and elder statesman Quentin Kopp visited a meeting of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) May 20 to explain why the current version of California’s High-Speed Rail wouldn’t work.

Kopp, an independent, was the keynote speaker at last week’s meeting, held at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. He detailed the long list of lawsuits, finances, track sharing and other problems plaguing the current version of the fast trains.


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