Islam critic decries culture of fear in Conservative Forum talk


A Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley speaker claimed that it is not the Muslim people but the ideology of Islam that cultivates a climate of fear, with the promise of death to nonbelievers and even those who call Islam into question.

Speaking at the forum’s June 3 meeting, Nonie Darwish, an Egyptian-American former Muslim who is now a Christian, said much of the Quran, considered by some the Muslim equivalent of the Bible, is replete with orders to kill non-Muslims.


Morning Forum 'understudy' from NPR reflects on U.S. foreign policy

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Tom Gjelten addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos last week.

National Public Radio correspondent Tom Gjelten said he felt like the “understudy for a Broadway star” when he stepped in as Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker June 3 – his wife, ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, had been scheduled to speak but was on assignment.

Gjelten’s overseas reporting for NPR has taken him to posts around the world as he covered Latin America; Central Europe; Cuba; the wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia; the Gulf War; the wars in Croatia and Bosnia; the war in Afghanistan; and the invasion of Iraq. He served as lead NPR correspondent during coverage of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and was reporting live from the Pentagon when the plane crashed into it on 9/11. He is a regular panelist on the PBS program “Washington Week.”


Environmental Volunteers explains its mission at 'Wake Up to Nature'

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Youth volunteer Charin Park reflects on her experiences working with Environmental Volunteers.

More than 250 local residents attended “Wake Up to Nature” May 6, Environmental Volunteers’ annual fundraising breakfast.

The nonprofit organization shared its mission with guests: to promote understanding of and responsibility for the environment through hands-on science and nature education via classroom-based programs, summer camps and its EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve.


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The Terraces at Los Altos offers panel on dementia care


The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled a presentation on dementia care with author David Troxel 10 a.m. to noon June 21 at 373 Pine Lane, in The Terraces new health center.

Troxel will discuss steps that could help after a loved one is diagnosed with dementia and will moderate a panel of local leaders who will share their personal experiences in managing the care of those with memory loss. Participants include Alhena Curreri, M.A., gerontologist; Karen Duncan, memory support manager at the Terraces at Los Altos and director of the Los Altos Community Foundation’s PrimeTime Project; and Sheila Humphries, M.D., medical director at The Terraces at Los Altos.


2014 Mayors' Choice Awards announced

Thirteen former mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills in addition to the two current incumbents selected their favorite works of art from those featured at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park show May 17 and 18.

Lou Becker selected Annette Hammer’s painting; Marge Bruno: Joan Ragno’s wearable textiles; Val Carpenter: Andy Brune’s sculpture; David Casas: Jacqueline Deely’s photography; Roger Eng: Kathy Ross’ mixed media; Bob Grimm: Michael Ezzell’s sculpture; Francis LaPoll: Andrew Butler’s photography; Penny Lave: Jeff Owen’s metal; Roy Lave: Andy Byrne’s sculpture; Thomas McReynolds: Victor Dinovi’s woodwork; Jean Mordo: Krista Sheldon’s painting; Mary Van Tamelen: Peter and Nancy Zajda’s stained glass; and Frank Verlot: Terry Steinke’s printmaking.


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