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New Los Altos Hills holiday program fields letters to Santa

It can get awfully hectic at the North Pole this time of year, what with mapping sleigh routes, fielding gift requests and tuning up reindeer – all while negotiating with the ELU, or Elf Labor Union.

Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a little help.

Health policy expert shares insight with Morning Forum audience

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed national health-care policy at the Nov. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed “Making America’s Health Care Great (Again?)” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 1, offering encouraging and often humorous insight.

Rotarians salute and support vets

Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los Altos
U.S. Marine veteran Jeshua Sosa, flanked by Rotarians Ron Labetich, left, and Jack Kelly, attends the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ support of the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center embodies the club’s mission to serve the community.

After learning in 2011 of local veterans’ needs, Rotarians, including 37 veterans, mobilized and committed to support veterans.

Los Altos Library screens film on alleged atrocities in China

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a screening of “Hard to Believe,” a documentary that explores allegations of the murder of prisoners of conscience in China and the sale of their organs to foreign patients, 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Produced by Swoop Films and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Ken Stone, “Hard to Believe” examines what the filmmakers allege is the widespread practice by the Chinese government of executing political prisoners and selling of their organs to so-called transplant tourists.

U.S. victims of Hiroshima attack subject of CSMA documentary

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a screening of the documentary “Paper Lanterns” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. Among the estimated 140,000 casualties that day were 12 American prisoners of war.

Composer hits humorous notes for Morning Forum

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Rob Kapilow, standing, and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet combined forces Oct. 18 to entertain – and educate – the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on the nuances of classical music.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos turned into a party Oct. 18 when music expert Rob Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet led the presentation “Haydn and the Detective Novel: Does Music Have a Plot?”

Using Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 76 No. 5, Kapilow – a composer, conductor, author and NPR music commentator – compared the piece to a mystery novel.

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