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State insurance program offers free Medicare assistance

If you have questions about Medicare and wonder where you can get fast, reliable answers to those questions – free of charge – there’s a terrific program that can help.


Senior Center hosts first open house

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Guests at the Los Altos Senior Center’s open house enjoy a buffet.

The Los Altos Senior Center’s inaugural open house, held July 8, drew approximately 150 people, according to center coordinator Candace Avina, who received assistance from nearly 25 volunteers.

The free event featured booths offering information on classes and activities, along with class demonstrations – including bocce ball and pingpong – and refreshments.

Memoirs Writing class proves life changing for instructor


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Hedda Hope, a student in Sylvia Halloran’s Memoirs Writing class in Los Altos, reviews a classmate’s writing sample. Town Crier

Sylvia Halloran has taught the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education Memoirs Writing class for more than decade. Thursdays at the Mountain View Senior Center and Fridays at Hillview Community Center in Los Altos up to 60 local residents enter a classroom voluntarily decades after they graduated from the traditional education requirements.

The Memoirs Writing classes are the antithesis of the typical classroom where the teacher, commander of the classroom, has a fixed syllabus of specific topics that must be covered and defines and assigns specific projects. The classes are closer to workshops, with students providing their own topics and determining the length and format of their presentations.

Los Altos resident celebrates a century of changes


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Los Altos resident Ed Hodges turned 100 recently. He celebrated the occasion with a party at Chef Chu’s.

One look at Los Altos resident Ed Hodges and you would never guess he’s amassed 100 years. In fact, he looks and acts several decades younger.

He’s managed to stay young through his heartfelt activities.

Los Altos resident celebrates 100th birthday with family and friends


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All 30 members of Los Altos resident Phil Prescott’s family, above, gather for a special occasion – his 100th birthday – with commemorative shirts honoring the family patriarch. Prescott, left, in 1919 at age 5, chronicled his story in a 403-page memoir that documents his long and eventful life.

Phil Prescott, a resident of The Terraces at Los Altos for the past six years, celebrated his 100th birthday on Thanksgiving Day with a party attended by all 30 members of his immediate family.

Prescott was born Nov. 27, 1914, in Fresno. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1936 from Stanford University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After a year in graduate school, he married Wilma Conn, also from Fresno and a member of Stanford’s Class of ’36. Prescott’s first job was as an engineer at Procter & Gamble in Dallas.


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