Alan Alda discusses career, family and science at the Celebrity Forum


Those who laughed along with Hawkeye Pierce on the long-running TV program “M*A*S*H*” would have enjoyed the recent Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series featuring actor Alan Alda.

Alda appeared May 13-15 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, telling stories of his childhood, family, career and passion for science. Many of his anecdotes were taken from his best-selling book, “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself” (Random House, 2007).


Friendship Force spotlights Brazil


The Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area is scheduled to commemorate its 31st anniversary with a presentation on Brazilian culture by journalist Christianne González 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

González earned degrees in law and journalism in Brazil. She won the “Banco do Brasil” prize for the best journalistic contribution to culture for an article on author Jorge Amado. She served as a Latin American Fellow for digital literacy research in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University in 2007. In 2008, González founded and became executive editor and media consultant for the San Jose-based Brasil NewsCom, an online media consulting company with operations in São Paulo and Silicon Valley.


High-speed rail proponent Quentin Kopp denounces current plan as 'low-speed rail'

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Quentin Kopp explains his case at the May 20 SPARC meeting.

Former judge and elder statesman Quentin Kopp visited a meeting of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) May 20 to explain why the current version of California’s High-Speed Rail wouldn’t work.

Kopp, an independent, was the keynote speaker at last week’s meeting, held at the Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills. He detailed the long list of lawsuits, finances, track sharing and other problems plaguing the current version of the fast trains.


Seniors receive help from realtors during RSVP Week

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Realtor Service Volunteer Program participants Dani Fletcher, left, and Nancy Domich wash windows for a senior homeowner in Mountain View.

Members of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors helped seniors and the homebound with household chores they can no longer perform on their own during the Realtor Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) May 4-8.

Tasks the realtors performed at no charge included washing windows, flipping mattresses, vacuuming, trimming bushes and replacing smoke-detector batteries and furnace filters.


Lean In Circle leader to appear at LA History Museum June 10

Myra Nawabi, the leader of the Bay Area’s largest Lean In Circle, is scheduled to speak 5:30 p.m. June 10 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), inspired Lean In Circles, where women – and some men – gather regularly to encourage each other’s ambitions. The book focuses on changing the conversation from what women can’t do to what women can do. Lean In Circles aim to take the next step, on the premise that if women talk openly about the challenges they face and work together, they can change the trajectory of women in the workplace.


Peter Su: Singing, songwriting suits him just fine

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Los Altos native Peter Su, a 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School, traded venture capital for the music business. “To be fulfilled, I had to do what I loved,” he said. Su is currently in Los Angeles working on his first album.

Los Altos native Peter Su recently traded in his suit and tie for a guitar and a microphone.

The 2003 graduate of Los Altos High School worked at Goldman Sachs and for venture capital firms on Menlo Park’s famous Sand Hill Road before making the switch to music three years ago.


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