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Author Goodwin to sign books in Los Altos today

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is scheduled to sign copies of her new book 3-5 p.m. today at Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

Goodwin will be in the area March 26-28 to headline the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, sponsored by Foothill College. She is scheduled to speak three nights at Flint Center, on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino.

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Discussion focuses on elements comprising ideal senior center

Note: The Town Crier's March 19 print edition incorrectly stated the date of the event. It is stated correctly here.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a discussion on “Making a Place to Build Community: A Multigenerational, Multiuse Community Center,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion is part of Los Altos Forward’s “Community Conversations” lecture series.

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LACF to honor local nonprofit volunteers

The Los Altos Community Foundation is scheduled to honor local volunteers at its 10th annual John W. Gardner Awards dinner 5:30-8 p.m. April 3 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

More than two dozen nonprofit organizations serving Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and/or Mountain View nominated volunteers who have made a significant difference in the community.

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Senior Center offers free tax assistance

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 14.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 15 years where trained and certified volunteers meet with clients, review their paperwork and records, and prepare and electronically file both federal and California state tax returns.

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Run for Zimbabwe Orphans scheduled Sunday

The 15th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Joseph Catholic School in Mountain View.
    “I'm very excited about this year's race,” said Los Altos resident Ellen Clark, the event's chief organizer and founder of the nonprofit Sustainable Living Foundation.
    Megha Agarwal, a senior at St. Francis High School and race ambassador the past two years, said this year's fifth- and sixth-grade mile race is dedicated to the memory of the Rev. Eric Freed, a former St. Francis chaplain and religious studies teacher who died Jan. 1.
    “He was a supporter of the Zimbabwe Run and a great friend of the Clarks,” said Clark of Freed. “He, in fact, was the presider at the wedding of my son and daughter-in-law, Will and Kristin Clark.”
    This year's proceeds will benefit the 92 orphans of the Makumbi Children's Home in Zimbabwe and construction of the Sister Batsirai Cottage.
    “The cottage will make a big difference in the lives of at least eight young women, ages 17 and 18, who have aged out of the orphanage,” Clark said.
    According to Clark, Zimbabwe faces many challenges, including a 90 percent unemployment rate and a high poverty rate that renders young women susceptible to prostitution, sex trafficking and forced marriage.
    “The Sustainable Living Foundation, in partnership with Makumbi, is trying to make a difference in this one area by empowering young women with job skills and vocational education,” she said.
    In addition to races, the event includes T-shirt sales, a Zimbabwe Run Slam Poetry performance to the beat of drums, cultural booths and art exhibits.
    The race entry fee is $5, free for those who cannot pay the fee.
    For more information, visit ZimbabweParaguay.net.

Avenidas hosts housing conference Saturday


    Avenidas has scheduled its seventh annual housing conference, “Find Your Way Home,” 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Saturday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.
    Los Altos resident Anabel Pelham, Ph.D., president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists and professor/founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State will deliver the keynote address, “Age-Friendly Communities: A Worldwide Movement.”
    Participants can select workshops based on whether they have decided to sell their homes and move, plan to stay in their homes or are still exploring options.
    Workshops include:
    o “Get the Keys to Successful Home Selling”
    o “Programs for Successful Aging”
    o “Housing Options: Where to Live”
    o “Clear Up All Your Clutter”
    o “Aging 2.0”
    o “Lifestyle Transitions”
    o “Don't Spend It All in One Place”
    o “Exploring Possibilities for Accessibility”
    o “Navigating a New Environment”
    Cost, $50, includes lunch and a prize drawing. Free parking is available at the Bryant Street garage.
    Nancy Goldcamp of Coldwell Banker is the presenting sponsor for the conference.
    To register and for more information, call 289-5435 or visit avenidas.org.

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