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World Affairs Council hosts talk on UN

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled Stephen Stedman, deputy director of the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, to discuss “The United States and the United Nations Security Council: Getting to Yes” 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Stedman will draw on his experiences serving on the UN Election Commission and as special assistant to the Secretary General to present the Security Council’s evolution and prospects for a more effective future.


Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show

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Chi Am Circle members, from left, Gerrye Wong, Sylvia Eng, Pearl Lee and Muriel Kao flank Larry Chu Sr. at the Jan. 31 event honoring the club’s 50th and Chef Chu’s 45th anniversaries.

Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos hosted a Jan. 31 dinner celebrating two milestone anniversaries. Restaurant founder Larry Chu Sr. presided over an event marking the restaurant’s 45th anniversary while simultaneously honoring the 50th year of the Chi Am Circle Club.

Chi Am Circle was founded in 1965 as a social club for Asian-American women but grew into a philanthropic organization that donates to charitable causes. The nonprofit group currently comprises 120 members from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga.


Group raises funds to restore Redwood Grove's Halsey House

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Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaugh- ter of the original owners of Halsey House, shares memories at a Friends of Historic Redwood Grove event.

Friends of Historic Redwood Grove raised approximately half of its $25,000 goal Feb. 15 to fund restoration of the Halsey House in the Los Altos preserve.

The group hosted an information session highlighting its plans to renovate the landmark for city recreation programs and community use.


Pioneers tell their 'Silicon Valley Stories'

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“Silicon Valley Stories” panelists include, from left, Chuck Geschke, Donna Dubinsky, Michael S. Malone and Sandra Kurtzig.

One group stood out among the near-capacity crowd that attended the Los Altos History Museum’s “Silicon Valley Stories” panel at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater Feb. 11. Alongside the mostly older attendees sat a large contingent of teenagers.

Panelist Michael S. Malone, one of the world’s best-known technology writers, asked if the students were there for a class assignment. One responded that they attended because they love learning.


Resident embarks on fact-finding mission in Myanmar: Merry Lee Eilers travels with American delegation

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Merry Lee Eilers of Los Altos Hills visits a pagoda in Myanmar’s Bogan Valley on her recent trip with a delegation from American Women for International Understanding.

After traveling last year to Myanmar, Los Altos Hills resident Merry Lee Eilers said the nation’s residents are hopeful for positive political change.

Eilers met with Myanmar’s prominent activists and civic and cultural leaders as part of a 12-member delegation representing American Women for International Understanding (AWIU).Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is among the poorest nations in the world.


Los Altos History Museum seeks artists for new display

The Los Altos History Museum invites artists, makers and creators to participate in its upcoming exhibition, “Reflect + Create: Where Art and History Intersect,” scheduled to open May 7.

With the idea that objects held in museum collections can inspire storytelling and help visitors draw unexpected connections to contemporary issues and perspectives, the display aims to merge history and art via selected pieces.


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