Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with mobility problems related to his foot injury.

Every day when David Granfard wakes up, he salutes his dog.


Drone demonstration highlights LA History Museum Family Day

Photos by Gary Hedden/ Special to the Town Crier
Young visitors, right, examine a social robot at the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day March 14 as longtime museum volunteer Nan Geschke observes. A drone flies above the museum during a demo, above.

The Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day/Young Minds @ the Museum drew a crowd of all ages March 14. The event, hosted in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” featured a variety of high-tech innovations.

Most popular among the displays, according to organizers, was the drone demonstration, with their four engines, whirling blades and buzzing sounds attracting an army of onlookers.


Pianist performs Romantic favorites for Rotary crowd

Chuck Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotary Club of Los Altos members Jerry Moison and Lina Broydo flank Feb. 12 guest Gwendolyn Mok, a pianist who performed for the club and discussed the great classical composers.

Complementing her concert-quality performance with tales of the composers’ personal lives, pianist Gwendolyn Mok entertained the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 12 with Romantic period music in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Mok teaches at San Jose State University, where she serves as coordinator of keyboard studies. She earned the 2008 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from the university’s College of Humanities and the Arts. Sponsored throughout her education by scholarships, Mok studied at the United Nations International School, Juilliard, Yale and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Among her career highlights, she directed “Informance!,” a music program that benefited 400 children in East London schools.


Local architect touts new technology in realizing vision for development


Local architect Bill Maston highlighted the latest in design and planning tools for visualizing development in the presentation “What You See Is What You Get” March 5 at the Los Altos main library.

Part of Los Altos Forward’s Community Conversation series, Maston’s talk explained how city planners, developers and architects have moved past flat, two-dimensional maps into new technology. Maston, principal of William Maston and Associates in Mountain View, said his colleagues, including project manager Eyal Ravid, can take a Google Earth map, combine it with SketchUp software and in a few hours create a rendering that brings a map to life.


Live from the living room: LA resident brings house concerts to Peninsula

Courtesy of Tami Mulcahy
Pioneering an innovative concert-going experience, Los Altos resident Tami Mulcahy promotes house concerts through her group, South Bay House Concerts.

Los Altos resident Tami Mulcahy aims to change the way local residents listen to live music by bringing house concerts – a network of private homes in which owners host up-and-coming musicians and their fans – to the South Bay.

Mulcahy’s group, South Bay House Concerts, has grown to more than 270 members and hosted 77 events since its inception in early 2014. Members make up the bulk of the audience at local house shows in addition to providing the in-home stages for local musical talent.


Morning Forum series offers varied lineup of upcoming speakers

The Morning Forum of Los Altos continues its 65th season with a spring lineup of speakers on national, international and cultural topics.

Upcoming speakers and topics:


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