LA Senior Center offers assistance with taxes

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 27.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 15 years.


100 Women to donate $172.5K to charity

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Co-founders of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation include, from left, Mary Ann Poulos, Teri Zingale and Barb Dehn.

The 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its annual dinner and voting event 5:30-9 p.m. March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real.

The foundation will donate $172,500 to local nonprofit organizations this year. Six grant finalists will give presentations to members, who will vote to award three impact grants of $47,500 each. The remaining finalists will receive investment grants of $10,000 each.


Community Briefs

Entrepreneurs swap ‘Silicon Valley Stories’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Silicon Valley Stories,” a panel discussion featuring high-tech entrepreneurs, 7 p.m. today in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Panel members will discuss how they built their companies and will describe the atmosphere of Silicon Valley in the early days.


Celebrate love at First Friday in downtown LA

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
Ellen Biolsi, owner of Cranberry Scoop at 295 State St., holds a poster promoting this month’s First Friday event. More than 60 stores and galleries are scheduled to participate in Friday’s Valentine-themed event.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Valentine-themed First Friday event – “Celebrating Love” – 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

“‘Celebrating Love’ is about celebrating the love of community, love of teachers, moms and dads, sweethearts, kids, grandmas and grandpas and even a special aunt or uncle,” said First Friday co-chairwoman Jamie Lucia, a chiropractor with Los Altos Community Chiropractic.


Celebrity Forum speaker Anderson Cooper reports on life and death

Courtesy of Laura Woodward
Greg Winters and Paulette Henning, nephew and wife, respectively, of Celebrity Forum founder Dick Henning, flank Anderson Cooper at one of his appearances last week.

Local residents didn’t have to turn on CNN last month to see journalist and news anchor Anderson Cooper report on the news of the day. Instead, they could see Cooper in person at Flint Center in Cupertino during his three-night Celebrity Forum Speaker Series engagement.

Wearing a dark-blue suit, black tie and glasses at his Jan. 23 talk, Cooper looked more like a businessman than the cable-news star who has filed major stories from all parts of the world.


Rotary speaker untangles web of human DNA and therapeutic approaches

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Robert Booth, president and CEO of Virobay Inc., offers members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos a rundown on DNA and tapping into its potential to cure diseases.

A noted pharmacologist offered members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos a crash course on human DNA and the discovery of new therapeutic approaches at their Jan. 21 meeting.

Robert Booth, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Menlo Park-based Virobay Inc., described DNA as a staircaselike structure comprising four basic chemicals – adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine – arranged in particular sequences that produce proteins through the intermediary of RNA in all plants and animals.


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