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The Los Altos Senior Center is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. For reservations and more information, call 947-2797 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.


The center has scheduled three presentations in its Active Zones Workshop Series. Admission is free. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome.

A hostel evaluation of presenter in Williamsburg

Summer vacation’s lingering memories bring to mind an Elderhostel program my wife and I attended at Colonial Williamsburg some years back. (Most readers will know that today Elderhostel is known as “Road Scholar.”)

Life on canvas: Longtime Los Altos artist Helene Barber continues to see art in everyday life

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Town Crier Los Altos artist Helene Barber uses a variety of media in her work. The 60-year resident first became interested in art at the age of 4.

Los Altos artist Helene Barber fondly recalls the moment she caught the bug to create works of art.

A 4-year-old Barber found herself one day with a purple crayon in hand, drawing large scrolls on the freshly papered wall near the entryway of her parents’ home in Santa Rosa.

People person: Bob Adams still knocking on doors in retirement

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Retirement hasn’t slowed Bob Adams down. Among his volunteer endeavors, he coached basketball at Alta Vista High.

Bob Adams retired as a veritable youth at the tender age of 61. The transition didn’t happen because he was ready to head out to pasture.

He’d watched the business world turn in the 1980s, when personal computers changed the landscape of technology. The educational equipment company he and wife Lois founded in 1976 grew with the market.

Sun-baked souvenirs: Oceanside retreat evokes memories

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Over our adult years, our weekends at the beach have been few and far between. We don’t happen to have a retreat at the shore, so our stays overlooking the waves have always been something of a group effort in a large, rented condo – you bring your gang, we’ll bring ours, we’ll split all the costs and rotate the role of dinner chef.

We tried to help each other limit the tanning to medium-well. You might call each oceanside adventure a controlled burn.

WWII veteran reflects on capturing history during wartime

Jack Geffner served as a photo lab commander in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Today, the 94-year-old veteran and his wife, Shirley, right, live at Moldaw Residences.

Jack Geffner, an active 94-year-old, knows very well the sacrifices that have been made and continue to be made by those who serve in the military.

Although he now enjoys life in retirement with his wife, Shirley, at Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto – their daughter Sharon Ziony lives in Los Altos and their daughter Bonnie Shipper in Mountain View – Geffner, a World War II veteran who served four years in the Pacific Theater, looks back on his service and considers himself lucky for being able to contribute in the role he did and for making it back home.

Downsizing the home: Suggestions for seniors and family caregivers

Civil War swords. First-edition books. Vintage jewelry. Truckstop plates from all 50 states. Grandpa’s farm tools. Grandma’s china set. Whether they are heirlooms or clutter depends on your point of view.

After meticulously protecting and displaying valued possessions for years, the thought of parting with family treasures is often a torturous proposal for seniors. Whether older adults face downsizing from their homes because of retirement, finances, health, death of a spouse or coaxing from family, letting go of longtime belongings can be a daunting roadblock. Seniors may resist while their families persist.

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