Morning Forum opens new season with another (dark) side of Dickens

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Tim Farrell makes a point about Charles Dickens at the Sept. 15 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its 2015 season Sept. 15 with longtime English teacher Tim Farrell’s presentation “A Not-So-Secret Life: Charles Dickens in His Novels.”

Farrell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and taught English for 46 years at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.


AAUW launches new year with tea, tech presentation

Paula Escuadra of GlassLab answers questions at the American Association of University Women’s recent kickoff event.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women kicked off its new season Sept. 12 with a tea for Tech Trek Science Camp scholars and their parents at Neutra House.

Featured speaker Paula Escuadra, head of content partnership at GlassLab Inc., maker of learning games, discussed how she combined her passion for cultural anthropology with data analytics to pursue a career that first involved studying Internet behavior for large retail companies.


Los Altos-LAH committee seeks nominees for volunteer awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations of outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Follow these tips to ensure hiking safety with your dog: Care For Your Pet

I love dogs, and I love to hike – but I don’t go hiking with my dog. Things go wrong in the woods with or without a dog, so unless you are an experienced hiker you will likely be busy enough just looking after yourself, let alone your pet in a novel environment.

Still want to take that doggie hiking? Here are some tips for hiking with pets in the wilderness:


Schola Cantorum launches new season of old favorites Oct. 23

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based choral group, embarks on its 52nd season with a series of performances highlighting the old and the new.

In planning the season, Music Director Gregory Wait said he wanted audience members to revisit their youth through remembered favorites and discover something new from established composers.


LAH History Committee presents tales of the Taaffes: one of town's first families

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills History Committee
The Taaffe family, pictured in this vintage photo, established roots in the Santa Clara Valley area that later became known as Los Altos Hills.

When Elizabeth Yuba Murphy married William Post Taaffe in 1862, her father gave the couple a 2,800-acre stock and grain ranch, part of what would one day be known as Los Altos Hills. Based on the town’s present-day median home price of $5 million and its 1-acre residential-lot minimum restrictions, that wedding gift would be worth an estimated $14 billion today.

“If they only knew what kind of present they were getting,” said Linda Taaffe, the couple’s great-great-granddaughter.


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