Town Crier Holiday Fund sets record

As of this week, the annual Town Crier Holiday Fund reached the highest grand total since its launch 16 years ago – $257,216.

The number of donors totaled 363, which means that the average contributor gave more than $700.


Kiwanis foundation accepts grant applications


Now that the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has wrapped up its biggest fundraiser of the year – its annual Christmas Tree Lot – the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos Foundation is accepting grant applications through the end of January.


Morning Forum continues 66th lecture series season

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos continues its season with speaker Peter Walsh, a professional organizer, discussing “Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff” 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Upcoming speakers and their topics:


Whose sari now?: Traditional Indian garment makes a comeback with support from modern women

Courtesy of Archana Appanna
Saris are making a comeback, thanks to an international movement promoted by a Los Altos woman and her friends.

Archana Appanna is hoping the sari, a staple of traditional Indian fashion, catches on, not only in her hometown of Los Altos, but also all over the world.

She’s part of a movement of Indian women who are bringing back the everyday wear of the sari through the 100 Sari Pact, which claimed Dec. 21 as World Sari Day.


Los Altos volunteer places priority on 'fun' at Hidden Villa preserve

Laurie Aubuchon/Special to the Town Crier
John Seyfarth is standing in front of a trail he takes his schoolchildren on, located near Hidden Villa’s hostel.

Los Altos resident John Seyfarth, 57, finds volunteering for Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program to be a perfect fit.

As a Farm and Nature guide for schoolchildren on fieldtrips at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, educational organic farm and wilderness area in Los Altos Hills, Seyfarth said, the “main attraction” for volunteering at Hidden Villa “is the wonderful experiences I’m able to pass on to the kids.”


Morning Forum audience experiences 15th-century Renaissance

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Special to the Town Crier Kay Payne lectured on the joys of Renaissance-era art during her Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation.

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne offered the Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos audience a look at daily life in 15th-century Italy in her presentation “A Day in the Life of the Renaissance: A Lively Guided Visit to Florence and Venice.”

Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UC Berkeley. She has developed 39 art history lectures and a series of illustrated presentations on special exhibitions at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, for which she has been a docent since 1981. She served as an art docent in Los Altos schools for 12 years.


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