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Gatsby event supports grief counseling, hospice

The 36th annual Hospice of the Valley Gala is scheduled 5-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The event, which will feature a Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties theme, will include dinner, entertainment and cocktails from the Gatsby era.

CSA honors Celebrity Forum's Henning as 'Hometown Hero'


Community Services Agency is scheduled to honor “Hometown Heroes” at its annual breakfast fundraiser 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The event recognizes the community service and philanthropic contributions of local individuals and businesses. This year’s honorees are Dick Henning, founder of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, and Fred Wee of Interiors & Textiles for the company’s participation in Design for a Difference.

LAH showcases plein-air artist

An exhibition of artist John Burton’s work, “A Testimony of Beauty,” is scheduled Sept. 16 through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception is slated 2-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at town hall. The free reception will feature live music, food and wine.

Community Briefs

Library presentation spotlights composting

The Los Altos Library and the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County have scheduled a presentation on “The Science of Composting” 7 p.m. today in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion will explore the world of composting from the macro to the micro, the elements, the bugs and beyond. Attendees can learn about how one small act of waste diversion in the home can have major positive impacts on climate, soil and society.

The art of love : Los Altos resident proposes marriage via art exhibit at CSMA

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Anthony Palomo popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban, with an art exhibit at the Community School of Music and Arts.

Although it was visible to all Community School of Music and Arts visitors Aug. 4, Anthony Palomo designed an exhibit of personal photographs and paintings for an audience of one: his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban.

Text in acrylic paint featured the necessary words, but Palomo knelt and recited them as well. Marban tossed back her head and laughed. She accepted Palomo’s proposal and exchanged the cup of coffee in her hand for his engagement ring.

Ex-FBI agent turned author has plenty of stories to tell

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Former FBI agent and attorney Russell Atkinson of Los Altos embarked on a new career as a mystery novelist.

Russell Atkinson didn’t set out to become an author – his work experiences led him to it. The longtime Los Altos resident has worked for the FBI, in high-tech security and as an attorney.

“I certainly hadn’t intended to be an author at any point … (but) I had this very compelling story that I felt needed telling,” he said.

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