AAUW to mark Roe v. Wade anniversary with Tuesday event in Los Altos


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Advocates Delores Davison, from left, Vicki Reeder, Pat Blackie, Allyson Johnson and Claire Noonan support women’s suffrage.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court decision legalizing abortion 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The event will include remarks from reproductive rights activists, who will address continuing concerns about women’s access to health care, and a cake celebrating the landmark 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Biracial author, former Stanford dean shares journey of self-acceptance


Lythcott-Haims

In her Dec. 20 presentation “On Being Black and Biracial in a Country Where Black Lives Weren’t Meant to Matter,” Julie Lythcott-Haims, Stanford University’s first dean of freshmen, explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos why her trailblazing achievements didn’t seem to be enough.

Lythcott-Haims said her biracial background is a heavy burden to bear and an even heavier one to hide. She described herself as a third-generation college and graduate student, the daughter of a black physician descended from an African slave, whose wife was white and entered the U.S. from England.

LightHouse benefit concerts spotlight Broadway musicals to support the blind

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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Anne and Steve Gill

Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled,” the 17th annual benefit concerts for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Pianist Linda Jordan, a former Los Altos resident, will join the father-daughter Gill team and other singers as they perform highlights from the Broadway musicals “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story” and “The King and I.”

Local Arts Roundup: Gallery 9 artist looks (and paints) on the bright side


Courtesy of Mara Catherine Sippel
Mountain View artist Mara Catherine Sippel, whose work appears above, is among a trio of artists participating in the “Rhythm and Color” exhibition at Gallery House in Palo Alto.

Suej McCall is the featured artist for the month of January at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos.

The watercolorist’s exhibition, “Out and About,” is scheduled to run through Jan. 27.

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need


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Teen members of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter filled baskets with holiday treats for families in the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

More than 40 mothers and daughters from National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter worked together to host a festive party at Stanford University Dec. 8 for families served by the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Approximately 100 parents and children attended the annual holiday event.

The families were treated to a meal provided by Stanford University. Volunteers from the Stanford Hills Chapter entertained 65 children with various craft projects, face painting, photos with Santa and treat bags. The moms and daughters baked 80 dozen holiday cookies, which they assembled into centerpieces for the tables. Each family took one home as a gift.

Los Altos History Museum to celebrate Three Kings Day Sunday

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate Three Kings Day noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Three Kings Day – also known as Día de los Reyes Magos or the Feast of the Epiphany – will honor the Catholic tradition and Mexican heritage of Juana Briones, the subject of the museum’s current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera.”


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