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Friendship blossoms at Fine Art in the Park


Terenia Offenbacker and Nicolas Bremeau

They first met two years ago at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park event.

Los Altos Hills resident Terenia Offenbacker is an accomplished painter who studied art education and art history at universities in Europe. Nicolas Bremeau, a curious then-10-year-old boy, was entranced by her paintings and stopped to study them one-by-one.

Vets center coordinator retiring – but not really

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Denise Swett, left, Foothill College vice president of student services, congratulates Carmela Xuereb on her retirement at an April 28 reception held in Xuereb’s honor.

Carmela Xuereb was surrounded by smiles from well-wishers at an April 28 retirement celebration marking her more than 20 years of serving student veterans at Foothill College.

Xuereb, veterans specialist and certifying official at Foothill’s Veterans Resource Center, was a mother figure to the hundreds of vets she has helped since 1994. She was a natural to assume directorship of the resource center when it opened in 2010. The former financial aid specialist took a position she saw as a step up carrying a higher salary.

Corporate therapist, TC columnist Hollands pioneered work in fixing high-tech relationships

Ms. Hollands

Jean Hollands was a bridge builder – bridging communication gaps to improve relations for everyone from married couples to corporate executives.

Ms. Hollands, who died April 23 at age 83, achieved considerable success as a first-of-her-kind corporate therapist. She delivered her insights with honesty and directness, while still managing to convey empathy and understanding.

History Museum party highlights culinary skills

Courtesy of Karen Bevels Custom Catering
Caterers will compete at the Los Altos History Museum’s garden party, showcasing their seasonal pairings and culinary knowledge. Karen Bevel’s strawberry basil bruschetta plays off the sweet/tart berry’s versatility.

Caterers from around the region are scheduled to participate in a friendly competition at the Los Altos History Museum’s Spring Fundraising Gala 4:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Guests will sample the local ingredients and imaginative pairings assembled for a panel of “celebrity” judges and taste wines from Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

Director leads FHDA Foundation with a solid strategy – and a smile

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Tess Chandler recently celebrated her first year as executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Tess Chandler radiates positive energy. Wearing a perpetual smile, the executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation exudes an enthusiasm and warmth that could put even a curmudgeon in a good mood. Equally adept at planning and organizing, Chandler has proven a good match for the community college district and its donors.

“The staff here is so amazing,” said Chandler last week. “I’ve never felt lost. Everywhere I go, people are happy to see me.”

Local Rotarian gives back to Peruvian farm families

Courtesy of Jackie Olson
Jackie Olson, left, visits the Peruvian highlands with her daughters.

After departing Lima, Peru, in a rush to avoid terrorism-related kidnappings, Los Altos resident Jackie Olson looked for a way to give back to her native country.

Olson remembers poor Peruvians knocking at her family’s door in Lima begging for food after leaving their unproductive farms in the Andes highlands in search of what they hoped to be a better life in the city. Her mother gave them not only food, but also advice on securing an education, jobs and medical insurance.

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