Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos welcomes new officers, opportunities

Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Federated Woman’s Club Loma Prieta District President Sandy Myers, right, welcomes officers to the Los Altos club. Denise Connell, from left, now serves as second vice president, founding member Helen Foerster as first vice president and historian, and Ruthie Hansen as president.

New officers and new opportunities came to light at the Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos’ May 6 luncheon.

After swearing in eight new officers, club members welcomed guest speaker Judith Hamilton to address human trafficking in Silicon Valley.


Celebrity Forum 2015-2016 lineup includes Maher, Couric


The 48th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May 2016, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.


Friends of Redwood Grove raises funds for Halsey House

The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee has raised more than $25,000 to fund an evaluation of the feasibility and cost to renovate the dilapidated city-owned Halsey House in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.

The committee, formed last August, hosted an information session in mid-February to update residents on the status of the historic landmark, which it hopes to remodel for city recreation programs and community use. The program included an appearance by Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaughter of Theodore and Emma Halsey, who built the house in 1923 and planted redwood trees on the property. Attendees walked through Redwood Grove, now a city of Los Altos park located at 482 University Ave.


Lions Club hosts Bingo & Spaghetti Night

The Palo Alto Host Lions Club, which includes a number of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents, has scheduled a Bingo and Spaghetti Night 6:30 p.m. May 29 at The University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.

The event will include door prizes, a silent auction and a no-host bar. Tickets are $30 per person, which includes dinner and two bingo cards. The deadline for reservations is Monday.


Los Altos libraries challenge residents to tell their stories

The Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries challenge residents to discover their inner heroes as part of their 2015 Summer Challenge. Created around the theme “Every Hero Has a Story,” the program invites children, teens and adults to become their own favorite hero.

This year’s program challenges readers to complete tasks in a quest to explore library resources, enjoy enriching and creative experiences and try new activities.


Community Briefs


Kopp talks high-speed rail at SPARC meeting

Judge Quentin L. Kopp is scheduled to discuss high-speed rail in a presentation titled “Crazy Train or the Big Engine That Could?” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition meeting 6 p.m. today at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Kopp, 86, one of the original champions of high-speed rail in California, is now speaking out against the plan.


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