World Affairs discussion focuses on drought

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled Peter Gleick, Ph.D., founder and president of the Pacific Institute, to discuss “Water: California and the Global Outlook” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Gleick, an expert on water and climate issues, will present his perspective on California’s drought, including the impact climate and environmental changes are having on global freshwater supplies and their resulting effects on social, political and security matters.


Morning Forum speaker notes positive signs in Afghanistan


U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former ambassador to Afghanistan, expressed optimism in his presentation on “The End of America’s Long War in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 7.

According to Eikenberry, next year is going to be “very decisive” for Afghanistan, but he pointed out that every year has been considered decisive there. However, he is “cautiously optimistic” about the challenges the country faces.


Suzanne Bell chimes in with fashion tips online

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Suzanne Bell strikes a pose in downtown Los Altos recently. Having fun with fashion – and offering good advice – is the basis for Bell’s new website,

Suzanne Bell of Los Altos has, as she quips, “a passion for fashion.” But for years, that passion took a backseat to raising a family and selling real estate with her husband, Rick.

Not anymore. Bell recently launched a website,, a user-friendly site that features a regularly updated blog and addresses common fashion dilemmas.


LA City Council candidates discuss implementing Climate Action Plan

The co-sponsors of the Oct. 1 Los Altos City Council Candidates Forum on Vibrancy and Sustainability asked the candidates to answer the following question in 50 words or less.


Halloween Horse Show trots into LAH's Westwind Barn Saturday

The Pacific Ridge Pony Club’s 21st annual Halloween Horse Show is scheduled Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Spectators can watch riders of all levels in a variety of hunter, jumper and equitation categories starting at 9 a.m. Activities will include pole classes and beginning instruction.


Pianist Nakamatsu performs Nov. 2 with Schola Cantorum

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He gets around: Acclaimed classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu is not only performing with Schola Cantorum, he is also slated to lead two Peninsula Symphony concerts this weekend. For more information, see page 18.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is scheduled to perform with the Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga.

Nakamatsu and the 90-voice Schola Cantorum will perform Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle,” conducted by Music Director Gregory Wait.


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