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Director leads FHDA Foundation with a solid strategy – and a smile


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Tess Chandler recently celebrated her first year as executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

Tess Chandler radiates positive energy. Wearing a perpetual smile, the executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation exudes an enthusiasm and warmth that could put even a curmudgeon in a good mood. Equally adept at planning and organizing, Chandler has proven a good match for the community college district and its donors.

“The staff here is so amazing,” said Chandler last week. “I’ve never felt lost. Everywhere I go, people are happy to see me.”

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Local Rotarian gives back to Peruvian farm families


Courtesy of Jackie Olson
Jackie Olson, left, visits the Peruvian highlands with her daughters.

After departing Lima, Peru, in a rush to avoid terrorism-related kidnappings, Los Altos resident Jackie Olson looked for a way to give back to her native country.

Olson remembers poor Peruvians knocking at her family’s door in Lima begging for food after leaving their unproductive farms in the Andes highlands in search of what they hoped to be a better life in the city. Her mother gave them not only food, but also advice on securing an education, jobs and medical insurance.

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Morning Forum of Los Altos talk centers on civilian-military relations


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Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry shared his expertise in his presentation “America and Its Military: Drifting Apart” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 19.

Eikenberry served as ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 to July 2011. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he served 35 years in the Army, retiring as a lieutenant general. He is currently the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.

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Los Altos foundation awards $100,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 20 local nonprofit groups aimed at helping vulnerable populations, education, the environment and the arts.

The foundation’s Community Grants program supports activities, including:

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How activists saved SF's cable cars: Presentation focuses on need for preservation


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Rick Laubscher headlines a Los Altos Forward Community Conversation on San Francisco’s preservation of cable cars and streetcars April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

Historian and author Rick Laubscher shared his vast knowledge of San Francisco’s vintage cable cars and streetcars in his presentation “How San Francisco Saved Its Heart,” part of Los Altos Forward’s Community Conversation series, April 21 at the Los Altos main library.

As president of the Market Street Railway Foundation, he works with San Francisco’s Muni to preserve what are now among the city’s most important attractions.

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Rotary Club of Los Altos names Young at Art contest winners

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has selected 15 winning entries in its 2016 High School Young at Art Contest.

The top two works from artists in each of the six participating local high schools in the area were voted as first or second place from the five entries from each school. The Rotary Club’s seven-member jury selected the winners. First-place winners receive a $150 stipend toward college expenses and second-place winners receive $100.

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