Los Altos resident's 2015 resolution: Build another school in Myanmar

Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer is co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma, which has built eight schools, has two under construction and plans another one this year.

Longtime Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer and Bob Cornwell of San Francisco made a New Year’s resolution for 2015 to educate of hundreds of children who live 8,000 miles away in Myanmar.

Lederer and Cornwell, previous Peace Corps volunteers, first traveled together to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in 1996 and observed many aspects of the country, including an abundance of children and a paucity of schools in rural areas.


Save the Date

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Feb. 6

First Friday festivities, 6-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The Los Altos Forward-hosted event will feature evening shopping, live entertainment, refreshments, contests and more. Information:


World Harmony Chorus sings globally, appears locally

The World Harmony Chorus is scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The World Harmony Chorus is a community chorus open to teens and adults of all experience levels – from beginners to seasoned choral singers. Participation in the chorus requires no audition. Members learn a repertoire of songs from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities and folk traditions around the world, including selections from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.


Gallery 9 display explores 'Light's Pleasures' Feb. 3: Local Arts Roundup

Susan Varjavand’s “Blue Oak,” is among the works slated for display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9 has scheduled “Light’s Pleasures,” artist Susan Varjavand’s exhibition of oil landscapes, Feb. 3 through March 1.

A reception for the artist is slated 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the gallery.


CNN's Anderson Cooper appears tonight at Celebrity Forum


Journalist, author and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper is scheduled to appear tonight at the 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series at Flint Center in Cupertino.

The annual series features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights to discuss their areas of interest and answer questions submitted by the audience.


Show the write stuff: Margaret Thompson essay contest ramps up

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are co-sponsoring the 31st annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, open to third- through sixth-graders who live in the area and/or attend local schools. Students who are home-schooled may also participate.

The theme of this year’s contest highlights the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” which explores the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveals the inventors and risk-takers behind the evolution.


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