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Morning Forum speaker describes SF's changing landscape

John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussed “What Yesterday’s Buildings Say About Today’s San Francisco” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 17.

King joined the Chronicle in 1992, and in 2001 created his current post writing two weekly columns, “Cityscape” and “Place.” He studied history at UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Relay For Life scheduled June 12

The newly revamped Relay For Life of Los Altos, dubbed “Relay 2.0,” is scheduled 5-9 p.m. June 12 at Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave.

The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will feature a family picnic and a 2-mile lap around the Hillview neighborhood. The event will include live music, children’s activities and a pink flamingo decorating contest.

Library offers bellydance class

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a Bellydance Fitness for All class for all ages and skill levels noon to 1 p.m. June 6, 20 and 27; July 25; and Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will learn the ancient art of Egyptian bellydance from Hala, a native professional, and partake in a full-body workout. Hala’s teaching method is based on Eastern and Western traditions.

Community Briefs

Recreation department hosts dinner, jazz event

The Los Altos Recreation & Community Services Department has scheduled “Dinner and Jazz on the Patio” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

The event will include a cooking demonstration of the evening’s menu items by chef Lamont Perriman. Diners may choose from thyme-roasted chicken, apricot-glazed salmon and spiced tofu, mushroom and kale steak.

Critic discusses why 'Great Gatsby' endures: Morning Forum of Los Altos

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Maureen Corrigan addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan explained why she and many others view “The Great Gatsby” as the greatest American novel in her presentation “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why It Endures” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Corrigan – author, book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” columnist for The Washington Post and English lecturer at Georgetown University – began her talk by confessing that when she first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as a high school student, she thought it “was just a boring book about rich people.”

SV@Home releases roadmap for local affordable housing

SV@Home, a nonprofit advocate for affordable housing, released its “Policy Roadmap: How Do We Tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis?” document May 13 at the launch of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week.

The document details a collaborative plan that lays out strategies and solutions for addressing the region’s challenging housing market.

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