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Officers catch up to runaway tortoise in LAH

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Big Bertha is back home now, thanks to rescue efforts by Palo Alto Animal Services and local firefighters.

Local animal control officials are still talking about the unusual service call they received Sept. 10 – a runaway tortoise.

A caller spotted the 134-pound Aldabra African tortoise late that Saturday evening at Arastradero Road and Thendara Way in Los Altos Hills.

New CHAC director plans to extend reach to families in need

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Marsha Deslauriers is the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council.

The nonprofit organization providing mental health services to families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View gained a new leader this month. The Community Health Awareness Council Board of Directors appointed acting executive director Marsha Deslauriers to the role permanently.

Deslauriers comes from the for-profit sector, working for major corporations such as Target and Federated Department Stores before following a growing interest into the nonprofit world. Before coming to CHAC, she worked with the Jewish Community Center on a long-term financial model for its new facility on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.

Rancho Shopping Center hosts Wine Walk Oct. 8

Ten local wineries are scheduled to pour wine 3-6 p.m. Oct. 8 at Rancho Shopping Center in Los Altos.

The $30 Wine Walk – a fundraiser for the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade – includes a wine glass, appetizers and discounts and special offers at participating merchants.

LAH showcases plein-air artist John Burton

John Burton
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An exhibition of artist John Burton’s work, “A Testimony of Beauty,” is scheduled Friday through March 31 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Locals headline 'Let's Misbehave' concert

Steve Gill and friends return to Foothills Congregational Church 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 to present the bio-musical “Let’s Misbehave,” a journey through the life and music of Cole Porter.

Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds support educational opportunities for women.

LWV forums showcase Nov. 8 candidates, ballot initiatives

The League of Women Voters of Mountain View-Los Altos has scheduled a series of candidate and ballot-measure forums to expose voters to local and state election topics on the Nov. 8 ballot.

• Candidate Forum for Mountain View City Council: 4-5:15 p.m. today at Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

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