Margaret Thompson Essay Contest centers on family traditions this year

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Margaret Thompson, right, and former Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, left, pose with the 2013 winners of the Margaret Thomp- son Essay Contest. The deadline for this year’s contest is March 4.

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are co-sponsoring the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, open to third- through sixth-graders who live in the area and/or attend local schools. Students who are home-schooled may also participate.

The theme of this year’s contest complements the current museum exhibition, “Spirits Return: Cultural Traditions Keeping Memories Alive.”


LA Community Coalition meets Friday

The Los Altos Community Coalition meets the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss urban planning and how to apply those principles to downtown Los Altos and the civic center.

The coalition’s next meeting is scheduled 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.


Local barn connects horse and human

A Los Altos Hills program to get local residents on horseback has refurbished spots to trot this winter, with renovated arenas at Westwind Community Barn and an expanding town riding program.


Los Altos couple describes second career volunteering to reduce poverty in Africa

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Rick Walleigh shares his experiences in Africa at a Rotary Club meeting Jan. 7.

After Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh built successful high-tech careers, they weren’t quite ready to retire. So they spent their “encore” careers volunteering in Swaziland and Kenya to reduce endemic poverty.

The Walleighs appeared at the Jan. 7 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, describing the conditions they set on where they would volunteer: sites with flush toilets and hot showers, no countries with flying bullets and no nation ending in “-stan.”


Cantabile's open house slated Saturday

Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley plans to open its doors to the public Saturday. The open house is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon at Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos, where the group has rehearsed for more than 20 years.

“Our choir offers beauty and art to the community, and it’s nice to be part of something that is such a gift,” said Julia Zarcone, Cantabile’s executive director. “We love being located in a place that values what we offer.”


Church celebrates 'Africa Sunday'

All Jan. 31 services at Los Altos United Methodist Church will center on “Africa Sunday,” celebrating the church’s ties to Africa and its African Student Education Fund, which supports students at Africa University in Zimbabwe.

The Rev. Dr. Grace Imathiu will serve as guest speaker. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Imathiu was educated in Kenya, Israel, the U.S. and England. The daughter of Bishop Lawi Imathiu, she is a speaker, Bible study leader and lead pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, Ill.


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