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All aboard for Relay For Life event

Relay For Life of Los Altos is scheduled June 14-15 at Egan Junior High School. The organizing committee offers local residents an opportunity to support the cause by participating in Saturday’s fifth annual “Ride the Rails for Relay” fundraiser, sponsored by Niles Canyon Railway.

“Ride the Rails for Relay” includes a vintage train ride on the original transcontinental route, live entertainment, snacks and beverages. Wheelchair-accessible trains depart Sunol, travel to Niles and return in 90 minutes. Departures are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from the Sunol Train Depot, 6 Kilkare Road.


Chef Pépin to sign books in Los Altos

Master chef, author and educator Jacques Pépin is scheduled to make a personal appearance in Los Altos April 24. The “original Iron Chef” will be signing copies of his most recent books 3-5 p.m. at Main Street Café and Books, 134 Main St. The internationally renowned chef is also appearing locally April 23-25 at the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, at Flint Center, De Anza College.

Pépin has published more than 25 cookbooks, hosted 12 highly acclaimed public television shows and taught millions of Americans - plus an entire generation of chefs - how to cook. His innovative approach to the kitchen begins with technique and ends with creation, believing that every meal should be a celebration. Both "The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen" (Memoir) and "Essential Pepin"pepin (Cookbook) will be on sale at the cafe.

Copies of Pépin's books can be pre-ordered at the Foothill College Bookstore and delivered at the cafe. For more information, call 949-7308 or visit For more about the Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, visit

Los Altos Hills couple receives award for art philanthropy

Drew Altizer Photography/Special to the Town Crier
Yvonne and Mike Nevens flank artist Hung Liu at a recent event. The Nevenses are scheduled to be honored as Arts Patrons of the Year at the Silicon Valley Contemporary Fine Art Fair.

It was art at first sight.

Longtime Los Altos Hills residents Yvonne and Mike Nevens bonded over museum visits and gallery openings as a young couple in Los Angeles. Through the years, their passion for art grew to become an important part of their lives. So much so that the inaugural Silicon Valley Contemporary Fine Art Fair is scheduled to honor the Nevenses as 2014 Arts Patrons of the Year when the event opens in San Jose Thursday.


Rotary Club presentation focuses on positive rites of passage for teens

Steve Pomeroy/Special to the Town Crier
Frederick Marx addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 27.

Independent movie producer/director Frederick Marx shared the life philosophy and passion for social change that guide his filmmaking with a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience March 27.

In his documentary “Rites of Passage: Mentoring the Future,” Marx emphasizes how important it is for teens to experience positive and meaningful rites of passage and receive mentorship into adulthood.


Fire district graduates seventh CERT class, plans May 14 drill

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Members of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District’s 2014 Community Emergency Response Team gather for a group photo. The 32 graduates join the town’s more than 200 residents trained to mobilize in the wake of a natural or man-made disaster.

Although members of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) signed up for the training to hone their emergency-preparedness skills, the 32 graduates of the 2014 course count growing more familiar with their neighbors as a benefit.

“It’s become not only a disaster-preparedness program, but also a social group,” said Emergency Services Coordinator Mike Sanders, who has been involved in training community volunteers since Los Altos Hills inaugurated the program.


Pet Ready! event offers emergency information

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A rescue dog performs a drill during last year’s Pet Ready! program at Foothill College. This year’s event will feature a search-and-rescue dog operation.

Adobe and Mid-Peninsula animal hospitals have scheduled their third annual Pet Ready! Day 1-4 p.m. April 19 in Room 8507 in Building 8500-8700 at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Hosted by the Foothill College Student Chapter of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, the event will feature interactive activities for pet owners designed to teach how to prepare them to handle their animals following an emergency or natural disaster.


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