Taaffe family descendants recall early days of Los Altos Hills

Above photo courtesy of Pam Walatka; Below photo courtesy of the Taaffe family
Members of the Taaffe family, above, share anecdotes and photos at an Oct. 11 presentation sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee. Below is a Taaffe family portrait from the 1910s.

A crowd of more than 130 people packed Los Altos Hills Town Hall Oct. 11 to hear anecdotes about what life was like when the town was the Taaffe family’s private stock and grain ranch.

During a presentation sponsored by the Los Altos Hills History Committee, three generations of the town’s founding family shared letters, photos and stories from their lives in the Hills spanning 165 years.


Drawn2Art reopening celebration slated Saturday

Drawn2Art has scheduled a grand reopening 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at its Loyola Corners location, 949 Fremont Ave., Los Altos.

Business partners Robin Sulic and Anna Sheklow brought their love of art and children to the Los Altos area 11 years ago when they founded their small KidsArt studio, recently renamed Drawn2Art.


Museum catches the holiday spirit with Nov. 18 event

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

The free event will include tours of the J. Gilbert Smith History House, decked out in 1930s-era style; shopping at two museum stores; refreshments served on the wraparound porch; and a performance by pianist Carole Cameron, who will entertain with seasonal music from the antique piano in the parlor.


Community Briefs

LAH collects food for Second Harvest

Los Altos Hills is partnering with Second Harvest for its annual food drive.

Recommended foods for donation:


Local 2015 AFP honorees recognized at Los Altos History Museum lunch

Liz Nyberg/Town Crier
The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored a local organization and couple at a recent lunch. Attendees included, from left, Joe Eyre, representing the Los Altos Community Foundation; Los Altos residents Donna and John Shoemaker; and AFP representatives Amber De Buize and Karen Kwan.

The Los Altos History Museum hosted an Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Master’s Series brown bag lunch Oct. 28.

Guests included this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees – Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Donna and John Shoemaker of Los Altos and representatives from the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker.


Expert explains phytoplankton's effect on climate change at Rotary Club meeting


Microscopic phytoplankton in the Arctic is essential to our daily life, according to Zachary Brown, who recently earned his doctorate in environmental earth system science from Stanford University. Brown discussed “Arctic Climate Change” at the Oct. 22 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

“We wouldn’t be here without (phytoplankton),” said Brown, who has trekked via foot and kayak approximately 2,300 miles from Stanford up the Pacific Coast to Gustavus, Alaska, his hometown.


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