Scouts clean creek, freak over 'voodoo doll'

Members of Boy Scout Troop 80, from left, Antonio Gonzales, Will Fitch, Sam Vincent and Vasu Singha recently picked up trash along Stevens Creek in Los Altos and Mountain View. According to Assistant Scoutmaster John Fitch, the boys hauled out 26 bags of trash they collected from just one-third of a mile along the creekbed. “Paint cans from graffiti sites contributed the majority of the trash,” Fitch said. Among other items found were a “voodoo doll,” above, a garden hose, shopping carts and golf balls. Troop 80 meets Monday nights at First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View.


Del Castillo Ditzel's photography, paintings on display at LAH Town Hall: Local Arts Roundup

courtesy of Gallery 9
The art of Lisa Carpenter is scheduled for display at Gallery 9 through the end of November.

The fine-art photography and paintings of Inmaculada Del Castillo Ditzel are on display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Del Castillo Ditzel’s photographs and floral paintings – reverse painted on plexiglass – are on display through January.


History Museum catches the holiday spirit with 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

Photographer speaks at Federated Woman’s Club

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled photographer/reporter Jacqueline Ramseyer to speak at its Nov. 4 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Ramseyer’s presentation at 1 p.m.


Readers back to their old haunts with another bewitching collection of tales

There was no shortage of entries in this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories Contest.


Celebrity Forum founder Henning reflects on 47 years of star speakers

courtesy of Dick Henning
Dick Henning still presides over the successful Celebrity Forum Speakers Series he founded nearly 50 years ago.

Last August, friends of Richard “Dick” Henning celebrated his 80th birthday in a most elaborate – and expensive – way: They joined him on an African safari. Henning, a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, has led safaris for his fellow Rotarians and others since the mid-1980s.

“I tell people, ‘This was not an eco trip – it was an ego trip,’” Henning joked. “Twenty friends paid $15,000 each to attend my birthday party in Botswana.”


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