Shifting into 70: Los Altos resident celebrates birthday with Yosemite ride

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Cousins Mary Ann Bogart (blond) and Pegi Wheeler chronicle stops during their cycling trip to Yosemite.

Cousins Mary Ann Bogart, a 69-year-old Los Altos resident, and Pegi Wheeler, a 54-year-old San Jose resident, share a unique tradition. Every 10 years since 1994, the two women trek the nearly 200 miles to Yosemite National Park on their bicycles.

The trips mark Bogart’s Sept. 15 birthday. This year, the women are scheduled to celebrate Bogart’s 70th bash Thursday with their usual 2.5 day journey across steep mountains and through unpredictable weather and terrain. The payoff? The satisfaction of completing the physical feat and a night at the Ahwahnee Hotel where their loved ones will greet them with cheers of support.


Ambitious exhibition shows transition of Valley of Heart's Delight to Silicon Valley

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A map prepared for the exhibit shows the Peninsula and South Bay locations of some of the most influential high-tech companies in the world.

A new exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” is scheduled Oct. 16 through April at the Los Altos History Museum.

The exhibition will answer the questions: Why here? What was it that led the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators? And who were the visionaries and risk-takers that made it happen?


Beyond chickens: Third annual Tour de Coop offers fresh eggs, ideas

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If you like bikes and chickens, you’re in luck: The Tour de Coop is awaiting your participation. The event is scheduled Sept. 21.

Though chickens are the big stars of the third annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a series of bicycle tours that take participants to see local chicken coops, this year’s event boasts a strong supporting cast of bees, ducks and worms as well.

“It’s much more about sustainability… than just chickens,” according to event organizer Scott Vanderlip.


Rain harvest seminar slated tonight

A rain harvest seminar for homeowners and design professionals is scheduled 7-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Co-sponsored by GreenTown Los Altos, Acterra and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the seminar will offer information on capturing rainwater to irrigate gardens, increase groundwater supplies and decrease flooding.


Local resident follows calling to Peace Corps

Courtesy of Malcolm Alugas
Malcolm Alugas, left, of Los Altos, shown here with his family, is scheduled to head overseas next month.

Malcolm Alugas didn’t venture far from his California roots in his early years, but at the age of 24, the Los Altos resident is preparing to depart for an experience that is literally a world away. In October, Alugas will travel to Gambia to begin 27 months of service with the Peace Corps.

Although the thought of joining the Peace Corps has been in the back of his mind for some time – since he graduated in 2012 with a degree in communication from Saint Mary’s College of California – it was a deliberate break from his budding career as a semiprofessional soccer player that led him to this new life commitment. Alugas submitted his application for the Peace Corps in November and began exploring possible assignments this spring.


Famed sports columnist shares experiences, predictions with Rotary Club of Los Altos

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San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Mark Purdy takes questions during his Los Altos Rotary appearance.

Mark Purdy, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News since 1984, described himself as “an opinionated guy who loves sports!” to the audience at the Aug. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

He admitted to having been a jokester during his school days, but has since been honored by the Wall Street Journal as one of America’s top 10 sports columnists.


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