George Shultz honored at Los Altos fundraiser for service to veterans


The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) is scheduled to honor former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz with the American Hero Award at its second Night of Heroes Dinner 6 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

“Secretary Shultz worked for three presidents on everything from improving the economy to winding down the Cold War, but he never forgot his time in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II,” said James Schenck, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “We are proud to present him with this award honoring his work on veterans’ issues, including efforts to help end homelessness among our military community.”


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Oct. 30

Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The event includes trick-or-treating and, from 2-4 p.m., games, face painting, balloon art and crafts. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.


LA Women's Caucus hosts panel discussion on young women leaders

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus has scheduled a panel discussion, “Making a Difference in Your Community: Developing Young Women Leaders,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Covington School Multipurpose Room, 201 Covington Road, Los Altos.

The discussion is aimed at encouraging young women to become engaged in their schools and communities.


Morning Forum speaker takes audience on trip 'Beyond the Taj Mahal'


In introducing her talk “Beyond the Taj Mahal: Inside India” to the Los Altos Morning Forum Oct. 5, Victoria Lautman asked audience members to raise their hands if they had ever visited India. Approximately one-half of the 400 attendees indicated that they had.

While Lautman assumed that most of them had visited the Taj Mahal, she was confident that few had ever visited the hidden parts of India that have kept her returning for more than 30 years.


Teen volunteer has eye-opening visit to Armenia

Courtesy of Ryan Kawahara
Ryan Kawahara of Los Altos helps an Armenian child learn how to use a computer during his summer visit to the Armenian countryside with the Hidden Road Initiative.

When Los Altos resident Ryan Kawahara traveled to Armenia last summer to teach children how to use computers, he learned something as well.

“I think being able to see how much we have and how much these children need was really eye-opening,” the 13-year-old said. “Seeing how much our little actions can mean to them was really rewarding.”


Possible rocket scientist of the future finds her inspiration at Space Camp

Courtesy of Claire Watson
Claire Watson of Los Altos receives the “Right Stuff” award at her Space Camp graduation ceremony.

Claire Watson is no rocket scientist – at least not yet – but her parents work in the field, sparking the Los Altos resident’s interest in space at a young age.

Over the summer, Claire, 11, attended Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.


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