Cycling fundraiser reaches end of road: Ben Ride surpasses $1 million mark

Courtesy of Bonnie Burdett
The late Ben Eckenhoff inspired a 19-year cycling event that netted $1 million for cancer research at Stanford University.

Bonnie Burdett was a young mother of two when she lost her husband to myeloid leukemia in 1994 after a 10-year struggle.

Turning tragedy into opportunity, Burdett and her late husband’s colleagues remembered him by doing something that engineer, inventor and active dad Ben Eckenhoff did every day – cycle through the hills of Palo Alto, Woodside and Portola Valley.


Rotarians hear tales of America's Cup drama

Oracle Corp. co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison spent more than $100 million in his quest to win the 34th America’s Cup sailing yacht competition. Was it worth it?

Julian Guthrie, San Francisco Chronicle reporter and author of “The Billionaire and the Mechanic: How Larry Ellison and a Car Mechanic Teamed Up to Win Sailing’s Greatest Race, The America’s Cup” (Grove Press, 2013), described the behind-the-scenes drama that led to Oracle Team USA’s comeback victory for a Rotary Club of Los Altos audience Jan. 30.


Rotary's cioppino event benefits local veterans

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled a Cioppino Dinner and Auction 6-10 p.m. March 7 in the Shoup Park Garden House, 400 University Ave.

Proceeds support the Capt. Matthew Manoukian Memorial Scholarship Fund for student-veterans at the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. A $70 donation includes dinner from Alotta’s Delicatessen, wine and a donation to the Veterans Resource Center.


Architecture series promotes 'Sustainable Design Focus'

The 2014 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series has scheduled the presentation “Sustainable Design Focus in Architecture,” featuring Kevin Muni and colleagues from WRNS Studio, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 19. at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. A catered reception follows at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

WRNS Studio specializes in new modernism, with an emphasis on sustainability.


Community Briefs

Linden Tree Books hosts author reading

Author Tracy Clark is scheduled to read from “Scintillate,” the first book in the Light Key Trilogy from Entangled Teen, 7 p.m. Thursday at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

“Scintillate” chronicles the journey of a young girl with supernatural powers who travels to Ireland to solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.


Residents train to marshal neighbors in wake of emergencies

Dozens of local residents attended the first Block Action Team (BAT) training Jan. 29, an effort designed to organize neighborhoods to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.

Each BAT comprises neighbors who join forces to prepare for disasters, prevent crime, look out for seniors, involve youth and socialize.


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