Organizers hope revamped, shortened Relay For Life will rekindle participation

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Organizers plan several major changes for this year’s Los Altos Relay For Life, a departure from last year’s activities, above.

The annual Los Altos Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society started with a bang in 2004, with hundreds participating and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised.

But the 24-hour event lost steam after a few years as participants and organizers grew weary of the massive effort and time commitment required. Organizers realized that major changes were needed to keep the event afloat.


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World Affairs Council schedules press panel

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled a panel of international journalists to discuss “Meet the International Press: Adapting to New Tools, Cultures and Business Models” 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The panelists, from the John S. Knight Fellows Program at Stanford University, will explore the challenges and opportunities in adapting to innovative technologies and changes in their national cultures and business environments in Ukraine, Australia and India.


Rotary Club installs barbecue at Shoup Park to honor local veterans

John Hammerschmidt/Special to the Town Crier
Rotary Club of Los Altos members celebrate the completion of their project constructing and installing a barbecue at Patriot’s Corner in Shoup Park. Volunteers included, from left, Steve Shepherd, John Bogart, Steve Pomeroy, Pat Farrell, Kathy Berry, Jack Kelly, Donna Verna, Paul Schutz, George Stafford and John Hammerschmidt. Not pictured: Sam Harding, Frank Elmer, Cynthia Luedtke, John McBirney, Chuck Lindauer, Gary Brown and Jack Heidmiller.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos recently built and installed a barbecue at Patriot’s Corner in Shoup Park, honoring local veterans and serving residents.

Rotarians Paul Schutz and licensed contractor John Hammerschmidt hatched the project in 2013 during the Rotary presidency of Jack Kelly. After nearly three years of consulting, permitting, purchasing and constructing, the barbecue is ready for use.


Viewpoints features Ruzzo's 'Places I Love'

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
“A Day at the Marsh” is among several original pastel paintings by Teresa Ruzzo on display through April at Viewpoints Gallery in downtown Los Altos.

Artist Teresa Ruzzo’s exhibition of pastel landscapes and skyscapes – “Places I Love: Real and Imagined” – runs through April 30 at Viewpoints Gallery. A reception for the artist is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.

The show features Ruzzo’s interpretations of places around the Bay Area and in her imagination.


Los Altos Community Coalition meets twice a month at library

The Los Altos Community Coalition meets the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss urban planning and how to apply those principles to downtown Los Altos and the civic center.

Meetings are held in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.


Couric a late cancellation; Michael Lewis replaces her in Celebrity Forum lineup

The 48th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers appearing for three consecutive nights at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College.

Best-selling author Michael Lewis is slated to replace Katie Couric as the featured speaker April 20, 21 and 22, series founder and moderator Dick Henning recently announced.


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