LAH History Committee presents tales of the Taaffes: one of town's first families

Courtesy of Los Altos Hills History Committee
The Taaffe family, pictured in this vintage photo, established roots in the Santa Clara Valley area that later became known as Los Altos Hills.

When Elizabeth Yuba Murphy married William Post Taaffe in 1862, her father gave the couple a 2,800-acre stock and grain ranch, part of what would one day be known as Los Altos Hills. Based on the town’s present-day median home price of $5 million and its 1-acre residential-lot minimum restrictions, that wedding gift would be worth an estimated $14 billion today.

“If they only knew what kind of present they were getting,” said Linda Taaffe, the couple’s great-great-granddaughter.


Rotary Club of Los Altos speaker spreads Super Bowl 50 fever

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Los Altos Rotarians David Smith, left, and Jerry Moison flank Super Bowl 50 Host Committee member David Perry after Perry’s Sept. 3 talk.

With Super Bowl 50 scheduled Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, David Perry of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos Sept. 3, promising a superlative event at the “most advanced and eco-friendly” stadium ever built.

The first Super Bowl was played in California, and the event will mark its golden anniversary in the Golden State. A golden 50-yard-line marker will grace the turf, and the committee will celebrate the legends of the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers, regardless of whether either team plays in this year’s Super Bowl.


LAUMC hosts Alzheimer's Benefit Concert

Courtesy of Paul Rosas
Brian Holmes, from left, Casie Walker, Anne Janzer and Mayo Tsuzuki rehearse for Los Altos United Methodist Church’s annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert Oct. 3.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to host its fifth annual Alzheimer’s Benefit Concert 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Organized by organist Paul Rosas, this year’s event will include compositions by Bay Area composers Sondra Clark and Brian Holmes. Sung by Anne Janzer, Clark’s piece, “That Time of Year,” highlights a Shakespearean sonnet.


Jags to grab the spotlight at this year's Fall Festival classic car show

Town Crier File Photo
The 2012 Fall Festival’s Classic Car Show featured a 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe.

Next month’s Classic Car Show at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Festival will spotlight Jaguars, according to organizer Bob Mabe.


Community Briefs

Library hosts teen class on 3-D printers

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a 3-D Printer Workshop for teens 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees can learn how to operate a MakerBot 3-D printer, download files, preview and edit files in 3-D software and print.


Health forum scheduled this Saturday

The public is welcome to a Community Health Forum 10-11 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 19) at the Terraces at Los Altos, 373 Pine Lane. The topic is, "Medicines: The Path from the Lab to your Medicine Cabinet." The presenter is Sally Meadows, Los Altos resident and pharmaceutical industry expert. 

Topics of discussion will include how medicines are selected and screened for development, the lengthy times required, and the laboratory, experimental and financial hurdles that medicines must overcome before obtaining approval. 

Additional topics will include the benefits for patients, the health system, and the companies and institutions (public and private) which provide and pay for these medicines.  Ample time will be reserved for questions from the public.

For more information, call (650) 948-8291. 

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