Los Altos program provides free tax preparation

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

Pet Pause: How owners can stop destructive cat-scratching behavior

My veterinary practice has been receiving an increased number of phone calls asking if we declaw cats. Declawing is an ethically controversial procedure that entails amputation of the third “toe bone.” In comparison to a human, it is the same as cutting off the finger at the last joint. There are effective alternatives.

Author talks equality at Los Altos main library's SV Reads event

Author Elaine Elinson is scheduled to discuss how freedom and equality have grown in California from the gold rush to the current post-9/11 era 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The event is part of the library’s Silicon Valley Reads 2020 series.

Chef Chu's: 50 years and counting


Lawrence Chu Sr. and his family celebrated Chef Chu’s 50 years of culinary acclaim with a Feb. 9 bash at the iconic Los Altos restaurant. The special event, with proceeds benefiting the Los Altos History Museum, drew 104 guests. They dined on 10 courses, plus appetizers and wines from Chef Chu’s own reserve. The courses were designed to reflect those used in family celebration settings and selected from different regions of China. Above, Chu Sr. gathers with family, including daughter Christina Chu, wife Ruth Chu, nephew Tyler Ho and son Larry Chu Jr. The event featured a moving tribute from Chu Sr.’s friend Chuck Geschke, who had guests raise their glasses in a toast to the famous chef. Family and friendships through the generations, coupled with community support, were strong themes throughout the evening, themes that Chu Sr. emphasized as vital to his success and happiness. 

6th-grader becomes published author

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Caitlyn Zhu, 11, displays the front cover of her new book, “The Helper,” featuring a sled dog named Padfoot as the main character.

Eleven-year-old Caitlyn Zhu uses her commute to and from school with her mom as a way to voice her opinions on animal rights, environmental issues and an array of other topics.

“I feel strongly about peace and that animal abuse should end,” the Los Altos resident said. “When I felt really passionate about it, I would talk really loudly in the car about it – and no one would really listen.”

Forum speaker says billionaires changing space program


The future of space is commercial, according to Bruce Pittman of NASA Ames Research Center, who outlined new plans for the space program in his presentation “How Billionaires Are Changing the Space Program” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 4.

Pittman, director of commercial space development at NASA Ames and professor at Santa Clara University, described the exploration achievements of NASA, offering a historical perspective on space travel from its inception to the present day. Beginning more than 200 years ago with the first Industrial Revolution, he discussed the long but steady march of discovery.

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