Architecture camp slated for high schoolers

Courtesy of Los Altos Community Foundation
Architecture Design Camp introduces students to design.

An Architecture Design Camp for high schoolers is scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 20-24 at the Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

The camp is open to students in grades 9-11; the maximum enrollment is 12 students.


Rotary Club of Los Altos event raises $30,000 for veterans

Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier 
Guests at the Feb. 26 Cioppino Feed included, from left, Rotary Club of Los Altos President Jerry Moison, Michael and Socrates Manoukian, and event chairman Ron Labetich.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Cioppino Feed raised more than $30,000 for student veterans at Foothill College pursuing their college degrees while they integrate into community life after their service.

Proceeds from the event, held Feb. 26 at the Garden House in Shoup Park, support a scholarship fund established in the name of the late Capt. Matt Manoukian, son of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian of Los Altos Hills.


Celebrity Forum 2016-2017 lineup includes former stars of 'Star Trek,' 'Tonight Show'


The 49th season of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series – launching in the fall – will feature authors, actors and a well-known comedian.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.


'Speaking Volumes' series features Pulitzer-winning author T.J. Stiles


The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled author T.J. Stiles to speak at its annual “Speaking Volumes” event 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The Los Altos Library Endowment has presented the series since 2003, bringing to Los Altos writers of fiction and nonfiction, a Stanford psychiatry professor, Pulitzer Prize winners and a Google scientist.


Volunteer judges needed for Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

Organizers of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest are looking for volunteer judges to read this year’s submitted essays.

An essay reading session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.


Los Altos seismologist personally, professionally impacted by Taiwan quake

Courtesy of Ben Tsai
Seismological engineer Ben Tsai says Los Altos’ geology is similar to the Pacific plate that triggered the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Within seconds of the first tremors, Los Altos resident Ben Tsai received the report of the 6.4 Tainan City, Taiwan, earthquake that struck Feb. 6. It was shortly after noon in Los Altos and, by chance, Tsai was presenting a paper on earthquakes in the Memoirs Writing Class at Hillview Community Center when the first alert reached him.

The pre-dawn disaster was announced by auto-report. Sensitive automatic monitors alerted geologists and others on the network within seconds of sensing the clashing of the tectonic plates under the city of Tainan. The information was broadcast immediately to locations and scientists with receptors around the world. Because sound waves travel faster than the motion of the plates deep underground, the warning system provides surrounding communities earlier notice than they would have received prior to its installation. Advanced technology cannot control or prevent earthquakes, but it allows populated areas more time to seek safe shelters.


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