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Former FBI agent details hunt for missing Nazi diary


In a return engagement at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 3, former FBI special agent and author Robert Wittman discussed his latest book, a nonfiction account that chronicles the recovery of the diary of one of Adolf Hitler’s top aides.

Wittman was instrumental in founding the FBI’s Art Crime Team in 2005, which investigates federal crimes of cultural property theft, including art and documents, the fifth-largest international criminal enterprise.

Costume Bank gears up for Halloween with wide selection, extended hours

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“Game of Thrones”-themed attire, above, can be found at the Costume Bank of Los Altos.

Halloween has arrived at Los Altos’ Costume Bank, the nonprofit enterprise that suits up cosplayers and trick-or-treaters alike – for a cause.

In addition to rental and for-sale costumes, towering displays of wigs, masks and accessories ranging from false teeth to face paint fill the store. Volunteers act as personal shoppers, helping hunt through the thousands of costumes for the right size, concept or combination. Even demoralized minimalists can find a source of solace – volunteer Katie Hammerson said she has helped the costume-averse cobble together a “bare minimum” outfit to fulfill the demands of an event.

At The Library

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

• 7 p.m. Oct. 24: A book discussion for adults centers on Fiona Barton’s novel “The Widow.” Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Los Altos main library Reference Desk.

Swan song: After years of high school choirs, LAH native sets her sights on opera career

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Savannah Swan’s passion for singing has taken her from Los Altos High School’s Main Street Singers to Opera San Jose.

From her debut on stage with her local church choir to her most recent performance with Opera San Jose, Savannah Swan has always had a passion for singing.

“I always knew that I loved singing and being up on stage and making people feel something,” the Los Altos Hills native said.

Morning Forum speaker shares tales of life in North Korea

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Author Adam Johnson addresses the audience at a recent Morning Forum of Los Altos event kicking of its 68th year.

Stanford University creative writing professor and award-winning author Adam Johnson opened the Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 68th year with the timely presentation “Imagining North Korea.”

In 2004, Johnson was inspired to write what became the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Orphan Master’s Son” after reading the account of a North Korean defector and realizing how little anyone knew about the people who live in what he described as “this cruelest of countries.”

Walk to end pancreatic cancer raises nearly $50K for research

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The Nichols family of Los Altos organized Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, which raised more than $46,000 in its second year. They plan to hold another walk next year.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Los Altos couple Leah and Aaron Nichols returned to Shoreline Park last month for their second fundraiser to end pancreatic cancer.

The 2017 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held Sept. 16 at the Mountain View park, raised more than $46,000.

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