How abusive husband seemed omnipotent and drove wife to edge of sanity: Confronting Domestic Violence

This is the second in a six-part series on domestic violence and technological abuse. Names, professions, history and other personal identifying features have been changed to create a composite character to protect confidentiality. In Part 1, after leaving Ed, her abusive husband, Beth discovers that he has been using technology to stalk, frighten, control and discredit her. To read Part 1, visit


Library hosts program on encore careers

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation on encore careers by authors Rick and Wendy Walleigh 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The Walleighs’ book – “From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career” (Wheatmark, 2015) – chronicles the former Silicon Valley high-tech executives’ decision in their late 50s to embark on encore careers that landed them in Mbabane, Swaziland, and Nairobi, Kenya. The book describes their work with TechnoServe, an international development organization, and their experiences traveling in southern and eastern Africa.


Save the Date

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Aug. 22

Designer Melinda Mandell’s charity event supporting the “Where Hope Has a Home” project at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, 6 p.m. at Vintage Bath, 351 Main St., Los Altos. Information:


Los Altos Art Club shows work at Main Street Cafe
The work of local artist Laura Snable is on display this month in the Los Altos Art Club’s exhibition at Main Street Cafe & Books.

• The Los Altos Art Club has scheduled a group exhibition Saturday through Aug. 29 at Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The exhibition features a display of fine art in watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media and mosaic.


Museum seeks volunteers for exhibition construction

Courtesy of Jane Reed
Volunteer David Backs helps with construction of a History Museum display.

The Los Altos History Museum seeks volunteers to join the exhibit construction team.

Museum officials are recruiting residents with a construction background who are adept with a saw, hammer, drill, paintbrush or level to build theater sets and furniture.


Community Briefs

SPARC hosts picnic at Morgan Manor

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) has scheduled its annual picnic 4-7 p.m. Aug. 23 at Morgan Manor, 12335 Stonebrook Drive, Los Altos Hills.

State Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-16th District) is slated to deliver the keynote address. Before her election to the state legislature in 2014, Baker worked as an attorney and served as legislative assistant to the late GOP Congressman Sonny Bono.


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