Mustang goes from wild to Westwind for 4-H program

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It only took a few minutes of riding to know that Reno the mustang was the horse Sandy Staricha, pictured at right, and Nancy Couperus wanted to bring home to Los Altos Hills. Reno will be used in the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program.

Pure luck led Sandy Staricha and Nancy Couperus to discover Reno – a 14-hand, 900-pound horse – in a barn outside Sacramento.

Although the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program volunteers were shopping for another horse during the visit, the seller tipped them off to Reno, who could be an even better fit for their needs.


Community Briefs

History Museum seeks artists for new display

The Los Altos History Museum invites artists, makers and creators to participate in its upcoming exhibition, “Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect,” scheduled to open May 7.

The display aims to merge history and art via selected pieces from the collection. According to organizers, objects, documents and oral history excerpts will serve as inspiration for original works both quirky and serious.


Chinese New Year starts with a 'Gong': Foothill College dancers to open parade March 7 in San Francisco

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Bubba Gong, front, leads the Foothill Repertory Dance Company in a rehearsal of “East Side Story.”

Like red peonies blooming in fast motion, dancers in colorful garb glide across the floor into formation. The loud percussion of the Chinese pipa and erhu instruments contrasts with the soft landings of dancers’ ballet and jazz techniques.

Members of the Foothill Repertory Dance Company are scheduled to take their fancy footwork from their practice studio in Los Altos Hills to the streets of San Francisco March 7 as the opening act at the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade.


Group seeks to rehabilitate Redwood Grove's Halsey House

Courtesy of Jane Reed
A local group seeks to preserve Redwood Grove’s Halsey House.

Friends of Historic Redwood Grove has scheduled an informational program on the status of the landmark Halsey House in Redwood Grove 2:15-3:15 p.m. Sunday in the Shoup Park Garden House, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The program will include an appearance by Katherine Halsey Buss, the granddaughter of the couple who built the family home and planted the redwood trees on the property.


Local organizations donate to LA Community Foundation

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently reported receiving donations from several private foundations, including the Heising-Simons, Brin Wojcicki, Grove and Morgan Family foundations.

The Heising-Simons Foundation, which will soon move its offices to the second floor of the new building at 400 Main St., contributed to two of the Los Altos Community Foundation’s projects: MVLA Scholars, which provides scholarships for students who are often the first in their family to attend college, and Neutra House, the local conference facility used for corporate, community and nonprofit meetings and events.


Morning Forum speaker explores challenges of U.S.-Russia relations


Stanford University professor Michael McFaul drew on his experiences as former U.S. ambassador to Russia and special assistant to President Barack Obama on the National Security Council to analyze the “Causes and Consequences of Our Conflict with Russia” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Feb. 3.

Compared with the Gorbachev era of cooperation with the U.S., McFaul explained that today’s relations with Russia represent a serious moment of confrontation. The Russians have intervened in neighboring territories, annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine, he said, all while portraying the U.S. as the enemy. The West’s response has been to impose sanctions, expel Russia from the G8 and view Russia as a threat.


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