History Museum catches the holiday spirit with event

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

The free event will include tours of the J. Gilbert Smith History House, decked out in 1930s-era style; shopping at two museum stores; refreshments served on the wraparound porch; and a performance by pianist Carole Cameron, who will entertain with seasonal music from the antique piano in the parlor.


Community Briefs

Photographer speaks at Federated Woman’s Club

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled photographer/reporter Jacqueline Ramseyer to speak at its Nov. 4 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Ramseyer’s presentation at 1 p.m.


Readers back to their old haunts with another bewitching collection of tales

There was no shortage of entries in this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories Contest.


Celebrity Forum founder Henning reflects on 47 years of star speakers

courtesy of Dick Henning
Dick Henning still presides over the successful Celebrity Forum Speakers Series he founded nearly 50 years ago.

Last August, friends of Richard “Dick” Henning celebrated his 80th birthday in a most elaborate – and expensive – way: They joined him on an African safari. Henning, a long-standing member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, has led safaris for his fellow Rotarians and others since the mid-1980s.

“I tell people, ‘This was not an eco trip – it was an ego trip,’” Henning joked. “Twenty friends paid $15,000 each to attend my birthday party in Botswana.”


George Shultz honored at Los Altos fundraiser for service to veterans


The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) is scheduled to honor former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz with the American Hero Award at its second Night of Heroes Dinner 6 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

“Secretary Shultz worked for three presidents on everything from improving the economy to winding down the Cold War, but he never forgot his time in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II,” said James Schenck, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “We are proud to present him with this award honoring his work on veterans’ issues, including efforts to help end homelessness among our military community.”


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Oct. 30

Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The event includes trick-or-treating and, from 2-4 p.m., games, face painting, balloon art and crafts. Information:


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