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World Affairs Council hosts talk on terrorism

The Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council and the Los Altos Library have scheduled the presentation “Countering Terrorism: Why Is It So Hard?” 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Martha Crenshaw, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, will draw on her experiences and research as lead investigator on Department of Homeland Security studies and her long-term examination of conflict and violence to describe why it is so difficult to identify the sources of terrorism and moderate the responses.

Morning Forum: Expert explains dangers of climate change, denial

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Gary Griggs, professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Dec. 6.

In his Dec. 6 Morning Forum presentation on “Climate Change and the California Coast,” researcher Gary Griggs explained why it is so essential that people understand what he called the “biggest challenge civilization has ever had to face.”

Griggs, professor of earth and planetary sciences and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, shared one of his favorite quotes: “The wonderful thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not.”

Rotarians learn about Facebook's global connectivity efforts

Nate Mordo, head of brand marketing for the Internet.org by Facebook initiative, discussed his recent visit to Myanmar at the Dec. 8 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

His mission was to learn why more than half the world remains unconnected to the internet.

Course helps residents become 'LEAD'-ers

Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) program, which provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The 2017 LEAD program is scheduled to open with a half-day workshop 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 21, followed by 10 classes slated 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays every other week February through May.

Costume Bank dresses up for the holidays

The Costume Bank rents holiday costumes such as Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, elves, reindeer, The Grinch and Christmas trees, and sells accessories including hats, wigs and beards.

In addition to its holiday assortment, The Costume Bank has costumes from different eras and for a variety of characters for themed events and parties – Victorian, Roaring ’20s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, pirates, Renaissance, western and more. Volunteers at the shop can help customers assemble costumes for holiday events.

Bike rack competition open for voting

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Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins and two young visitors admire a downtown bike rack designed by a resident. Voting is open for Los Altos’ second bike rack competition through the end of the month.

Voting is open for Los Altos’ second bike rack competition.

The Public Arts Commission received 33 resident-designed entries and encourages people to vote for up to four of their favorites. The entries are on display through December at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Residents may also vote online at losaltosca.gov/publicartscommission/webform/vote-your-favorite-artistic-bike-rack-design.

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