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'Speaking Volumes' series features Pulitzer-winning author T.J. Stiles


The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled author T.J. Stiles to speak at its annual “Speaking Volumes” event 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The Los Altos Library Endowment has presented the series since 2003, bringing to Los Altos writers of fiction and nonfiction, a Stanford psychiatry professor, Pulitzer Prize winners and a Google scientist.

Volunteer judges needed for Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

Organizers of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest are looking for volunteer judges to read this year’s submitted essays.

An essay reading session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Los Altos seismologist personally, professionally impacted by Taiwan quake

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Seismological engineer Ben Tsai says Los Altos’ geology is similar to the Pacific plate that triggered the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Within seconds of the first tremors, Los Altos resident Ben Tsai received the report of the 6.4 Tainan City, Taiwan, earthquake that struck Feb. 6. It was shortly after noon in Los Altos and, by chance, Tsai was presenting a paper on earthquakes in the Memoirs Writing Class at Hillview Community Center when the first alert reached him.

The pre-dawn disaster was announced by auto-report. Sensitive automatic monitors alerted geologists and others on the network within seconds of sensing the clashing of the tectonic plates under the city of Tainan. The information was broadcast immediately to locations and scientists with receptors around the world. Because sound waves travel faster than the motion of the plates deep underground, the warning system provides surrounding communities earlier notice than they would have received prior to its installation. Advanced technology cannot control or prevent earthquakes, but it allows populated areas more time to seek safe shelters.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt scheduled to hatch Saturday

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Photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny are among the activities scheduled at Saturday’s Easter Egg Hunt in downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos Village Association is scheduled to host the 53rd annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Los Altos.

Storeowners and community volunteers will distribute 4,000 candy-filled eggs on Main and State streets. A squad car driven by a Los Altos Police staff member will signal the start of the hunt with several siren blasts.

Sons In Retirement gathers for speakers, activities

Author Margaret O’Mara spoke to the local chapter of Sons In Retirement (SIR) about 20th-century elections at Fremont Hills Country Club March 2.

O’Mara discussed her latest book, “Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the 20th Century,” which focuses on the elections of 1912, 1932, 1968 and 1992. A visiting history professor from the University of Washington, she currently teaches at Stanford University.

Morning Forum lecture series continues 66th season

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lectures series runs through June. Presentations are scheduled 10:15 a.m. at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Upcoming speakers and their topics:

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