Museum explores Stanford, Valley connection

Courtesy of Julie Rose
The Los Altos History Museum’s “Symbiotic Superstars” event drew a crowd including, from left, “The Lure & the Legends” creator Nan Geschke, Stanford President John L. Hennessy, historian Leslie Berlin and Adobe Systems co-founder Chuck Geschke.

Stanford University played a vital role in the development of Silicon Valley, according to speakers at a Jan. 21 Los Altos History Museum program, “Symbiotic Superstars: The Stanford-Silicon Valley Connection.”

The program is one of several designed to complement the ongoing museum exhibition “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” scheduled to run through April 19.


Morning Forum speaker aims to combat human trafficking


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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