AAUW kick-off meeting focuses on gender equity


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Girls who attended the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford over the summer are slated to speak at Sunday’s AAUW meeting. Front, from left: Maddie Chin, Souf Rivkin, Astra Tulac and Grace Cai. Back: Kate Stone, Alice Gerchanofsky, Taylor Ewan and Alexandra Segubiense.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled its first meeting of the 2018-2019 membership year 2 p.m. Sunday in the Los Altos main library’s Orchard Room, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Keynote speaker Emily Carian is a doctoral candidate in sociology at Stanford University. Her dissertation uses in-depth interviews of men who are feminists and men who are men’s-rights activists to examine men’s motivations for working for and against gender equality.

Follies marks silver anniversary in October with final 3 shows


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The Follies cast includes, from left, Christine Abraham, Nancy Glaze, Vicki Reeder, David Hsiao, Rod Sinks, Charles Morgan, Gordon Abraham and Kathryn Holleb. The 25th and final year of performances is scheduled Oct. 11-13 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

Follies, the satirical musical revue of modern life and politics, is scheduled to celebrate its 25th and final year with three performances, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

Proud sibling reflects on brother's 'Crazy Rich Asians' success


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Larry Chu Jr., from left, poses with brother Jon and their mother, Ruth, at a press party at Chef Chu’s promoting “Crazy Rich Asians” Aug. 2.

Los Altos Hills native Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians” film has exceeded expectations at the box office, with the romantic comedy more than doubling its anticipated earnings in its first week. The movie, which Chu directed, also ranked No. 1 in its second week, a rare feat.

“I’m super proud of him,” said Larry Chu Jr. about his younger brother, who graduated from Pinewood School.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Author follows love interest to local area


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Stevenson

 

Note: This is Part 2 in a series that began last week.

 

Author Robert Louis Stevenson made the 6,000-mile journey from his home in Scotland to the Bay Area in 1879 because he had fallen in love with a woman from California. Her name was Fanny Osbourne and the two had met in France. He knew that she was married and had been for 20 years, but she had recently moved from Oakland to Monterey to distance herself from her unfaithful spouse. Stevenson set off in hot pursuit.

Arriving in Oakland on Aug. 30, 1879, after his trip across the U.S. on the transcontinental railroad, he took a ferry across the San Francisco Bay. Then, he caught the morning train south, which took him through the heart of the Santa Clara Valley and deposited him in Salinas at approximately 1:30 that afternoon. There, he hopped the Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad, which took him straight to the Monterey wharf.

French Fair highlights culture; proceeds benefit local nonprofit


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Elisabeth Michel, a jewelry designer and French teacher, founded the French Fair along with her friend Catherine Plottier.

The 13th annual French Fair is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The fair, whose theme is “A Day in France,” is the brainchild of Elisabeth Michel, who relocated to the area from France years ago with her husband, a high-tech employee.

Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk enters third year


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The Nichols family of Los Altos participates in the 2017 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk. The family plans to walk in this year’s event as well, slated Sept. 8 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. 

Recent breakthroughs in medical treatments for those battling pancreatic cancer have made Los Altos residents Aaron and Leah Nichols more passionate about their annual fundraiser for the cause.

Leah could hardly contain her excitement about the advancements as she discussed the third annual Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, slated Sept. 8 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.


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