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Los Altos resident recalls generosity of Berlin's Cold War Candy Bomber


 

Los Altos resident and author Gisela Zebroski shared her experiences as a child in Germany during the Berlin Airlift of 1948-1949 with members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos June 2.

Zebroski discussed how the blockade shifted perceptions and changed attitudes, with Americans beginning to consider the Germans allies and the Russians enemies.

History Museum supporters fill summer with fundraising activities

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of summer fundraising events.

• “Let’s Talk Antiques” with Steve Yvaska, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. Local residents can bring an antique for a casual evaluation by Yvaska, author of the “Seasoned Collector” column in the San Jose Mercury News. An old-fashioned summer luncheon under the oaks at the museum will follow. Tickets are $75 per person.

Museum seeks authors for holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum seeks local authors interested in presenting their published books at its Authors’ Showcase, scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 during the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event.

Museum officials are putting out the call for authors who have published a book in the past two years, including fiction, nonfiction or children’s literature. The Authors’ Showcase enables local residents to meet writers, learn more about their books and purchase signed copies.

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts gun-violence forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a two-part forum on gun violence 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. July 24 and 31 at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The forum, titled “From Despair to Hope: Our Active Response to Gun Violence in our Communities,” is designed for local residents who want to discuss what they can do to help alleviate gun violence.

Summer Reading Challenge underway at Los Altos libraries

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge offers students the opportunity to boost their reading skills and participate in summer challenges at the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries. Adults also may participate.

“Summer is the time to explore new things and visit new places. Luckily, anyone can do this with a visit to the library,” said Courtenay C. Corrigan, Joint Powers Authority board member for the library district and a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council. “Children who spend time reading over the summer or engage in some form of educational activity have been found to be better prepared for school in the fall.”

LAHS student's volunteerism earns Congressional Award Gold Medal


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Terence Lee, center, wearing his Congressional Award Gold Medal, is flanked by Congressional Award Chairman Paxton K. Baker, left, and U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu.

With Silicon Valley hailed as the technology capital of the world, it would seem just about everyone here owns a computer. It’s a necessity for most – required to type up a resume, send an email to a co-worker or conduct online research for an essay.

For some people, however, a computer is a luxury they cannot afford.


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