Del Castillo Ditzel's photography, paintings on display at LAH Town Hall: Local Arts Roundup

courtesy of Gallery 9
The art of Lisa Carpenter is scheduled for display at Gallery 9 through the end of November.

The fine-art photography and paintings of Inmaculada Del Castillo Ditzel are on display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Del Castillo Ditzel’s photographs and floral paintings – reverse painted on plexiglass – are on display through January.


Readers back to their old haunts with another bewitching collection of tales

There was no shortage of entries in this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories Contest.


Celebrity Forum founder Henning reflects on 47 years of star speakers

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Dick Henning still presides over the successful Celebrity Forum Speakers Series he founded nearly 50 years ago.

Last August, friends of Richard “Dick” Henning celebrated his 80th birthday in a most elaborate – and expensive – way: They joined him on an African safari. Henning, a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, has led safaris for his fellow Rotarians and others since the mid-1980s.

“I tell people, ‘This was not an eco trip – it was an ego trip,’” Henning joked. “Twenty friends paid $15,000 each to attend my birthday party in Botswana.”


Morning Forum speaker takes audience on trip 'Beyond the Taj Mahal'


In introducing her talk “Beyond the Taj Mahal: Inside India” to the Los Altos Morning Forum Oct. 5, Victoria Lautman asked audience members to raise their hands if they had ever visited India. Approximately one-half of the 400 attendees indicated that they had.

While Lautman assumed that most of them had visited the Taj Mahal, she was confident that few had ever visited the hidden parts of India that have kept her returning for more than 30 years.


Teen volunteer has eye-opening visit to Armenia

Courtesy of Ryan Kawahara
Ryan Kawahara of Los Altos helps an Armenian child learn how to use a computer during his summer visit to the Armenian countryside with the Hidden Road Initiative.

When Los Altos resident Ryan Kawahara traveled to Armenia last summer to teach children how to use computers, he learned something as well.

“I think being able to see how much we have and how much these children need was really eye-opening,” the 13-year-old said. “Seeing how much our little actions can mean to them was really rewarding.”


Possible rocket scientist of the future finds her inspiration at Space Camp

Courtesy of Claire Watson
Claire Watson of Los Altos receives the “Right Stuff” award at her Space Camp graduation ceremony.

Claire Watson is no rocket scientist – at least not yet – but her parents work in the field, sparking the Los Altos resident’s interest in space at a young age.

Over the summer, Claire, 11, attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.


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