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Visually impaired raise cane to promote awareness in Los Altos

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Sarah Hudson, left – with Stephen Ezeji-Okoye, deputy chief of staff of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins – support the cause at the Oct. 19 gathering in Veterans Community Plaza.

Members of the visually impaired community gathered Oct. 19 in downtown Los Altos to recognize White Cane Awareness Day, an initiative that promotes safety for the blind and honors those who sacrificed their sight in service to the country.

Many veterans were among the 50 or so supporters who convened at the recently renamed Veterans Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

They're looking for a few good men (and women)

Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier
Members of this year’s Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee include, from left, Jerry Tomanek, John Cardoza, Morvari Ahi, Rebecca Hickman, Patty Radlo, Gary Waldeck, Jean Mordo, Dennis Young and Ben Gikis. Not pictured are members Sunita Mehta, Paul Nyberg and Ed Infante.

The Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for the 34th annual awards through Monday.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have joined forces on the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. Nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards since the recognition’s inception.

Resident spins famous ‘Wheel’ Monday night

Courtesy of “Wheel of Fortune”
Los Altos native Emily Sweet is all smiles outside the set of “Wheel of Fortune.”

Headed off to college in Los Angeles and scoping out the peculiarities of her new land, Los Altos native Emily Sweet realized that “Wheel of Fortune” was filmed near her new home. The series – America’s longest-running game show and popular beyond any prediction when it premiered in 1975 – remains one of the most-watched TV shows.

Sweet, a St. Francis High School graduate, sent in an audition tape as a freshman but didn’t hear back. Years passed. But over the summer, the now-senior at Loyola Marymount University received a call inviting her to compete for a spot in a special college edition of the show. She auditioned and was picked to represent her school.

LA resident emphasizes outreach during Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick is making an impact during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

WomenSV, her nonprofit organization, is the only Los Altos agency that helps victims of domestic violence. With a fundraiser at the end of October, she is hoping to build on five years of work, during which she has helped 550 people from around the area.

Internationally known author headlines Pathways fundraiser

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Famed author Alexander McCall Smith, left, greets Pathways Foundation Chairman Mark Kelsey after delivering the keynote address at the 26th annual “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathways Home Health & Hospice Oct. 13.

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith wowed an audience of more than 500 with his charming keynote address Oct. 13 at Pathways Home Health & Hospice’s “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

McCall Smith, who was born in what is now Zimbabwe and makes his home in Scotland, is the author of the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring the African woman detective Precious Ramotswe. His many series – including two others set in Scotland – have sold 40 million books worldwide.

Famed centenarian artist's work comes home to Los Altos

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Los Altos History Museum supporters, from left, Stefanie Midlock, Belinda Chung, Marilyn Henderson, guest curator Mark Johnson, Karen Purtich and Eleanor Watanabe celebrate the opening of the “Hau Beiren at 100” exhibition.

Centenarian Paul Hau has museums named after him in his native China and his work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and the world.

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