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Morning Forum speaker aims to combat human trafficking


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The Morning Forum of Los Altos delved into a heavy topic Jan. 20 when Danielle Parish, ambassador for the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, discussed the campaign for a slave-free Bay Area.

In her speaking engagements, Parish emphasizes community-based strategies to fight human trafficking and educates the public on related global issues.

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Efforts of LA resident make progress in poor country


Courtesy of Andrew Lederer
Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, right, co-founder of Build a School in Burma, offers a helping hand to a farmer in Burma.

The Town Crier featured an article last week on the work of Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma (BSB). Since its launch in 2011, the organization has built eight schools, with two more under construction and one ready to begin construction in 2015. The following Q&A explores Lederer’s work in greater detail.

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Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF


From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatement to claim that Cory Althoff’s new late-night transportation service – Midnight Express – happened overnight.

Just before Christmas, Althoff, a Los Altos resident, was joking with his buddies about the lack of affordable transportation options for returning home to the South Bay from a night on the town in San Francisco. Their banter resulted in the new transportation service.

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Los Altos resident's 2015 resolution: Build another school in Myanmar


From buildaschoolinburma.org
Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer is co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma, which has built eight schools, has two under construction and plans another one this year.

Longtime Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer and Bob Cornwell of San Francisco made a New Year’s resolution for 2015 to educate of hundreds of children who live 8,000 miles away in Myanmar.

Lederer and Cornwell, previous Peace Corps volunteers, first traveled together to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in 1996 and observed many aspects of the country, including an abundance of children and a paucity of schools in rural areas.

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Gallery 9 display explores 'Light's Pleasures' Feb. 3: Local Arts Roundup


Susan Varjavand’s “Blue Oak,” is among the works slated for display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9 has scheduled “Light’s Pleasures,” artist Susan Varjavand’s exhibition of oil landscapes, Feb. 3 through March 1.

A reception for the artist is slated 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the gallery.

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Show the write stuff: Margaret Thompson essay contest ramps up

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are co-sponsoring the 31st annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, open to third- through sixth-graders who live in the area and/or attend local schools. Students who are home-schooled may also participate.

The theme of this year’s contest highlights the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” which explores the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveals the inventors and risk-takers behind the evolution.

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