Very Pleasant Book Club emphasizes long-lasting friendships


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Members of the Very Pleasant Book Club gather for a recent group photo. Club members recently celebrated the group’s 25th anniversary. Pictured from left are Cory Mehring, Kathy FitzGerald, Beth Myers, Annie Bortscheller, Robyn Budelli, Vilma Sinclair, Kristi Foxgrover, Ellen Douglas and Joan Young.

Seemingly a world away from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley, a small group of cultured women gather at a beautiful home in an idyllic south Los Altos neighborhood to discuss reading and cooking and enjoy each other’s company.

The conversation flows freely. Smiles and laughs are everywhere. The word “pleasant” immediately comes to mind. A no-brainer then, that these women are part of a long-standing group they call the Very Pleasant Book Club.

Songwriting the latest endeavor for persevering stroke survivor Evans

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Henry Evans works at songwriting on his laptop. He recently collaborated on a song with Florida-based singer Nick Aborizk.

At 40 years old, Los Altos Hills resident Henry Evans was living the Silicon Valley dream. He was a chief financial officer at a software startup with a business degree from Stanford University. He could drive his two kids to school, take them and his wife to parks and engage his colleagues in conversation.

Wildfire protection plan offers safety tips for Los Altos Hills residents

After years of drought, Santa Clara County residents welcomed an abundance of winter and spring rains that revitalized watersheds and promoted the growth of fresh grasses and vegetation. Now, these favorable weather conditions also foreshadow dangers lurking in the summer and fall seasons when grasses, brush and vegetation dry from the heat and during hot and windy weather conditions become the fuel of wildfire dangers.

Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart is a Community Emergency Response Team supervisor who for many years has dedicated his time and volunteer efforts to emergency preparedness activities to support his neighbors and community in the event of disaster.

Teen transitions from football player to novelist


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Thomas Corrigan of Los Altos displays the covers of his two novels, “Right Now Is Worth It” and “The Good Life.” The teen said his books include many of his real-life experiences.

The end of Thomas Corrigan’s football career kicked off his writing career.

After suffering a concussion in his freshman year of high school, the Los Altos resident quit the sport and found another passion – writing novels.

Cantabile Youth Singers crowned gold medalist at European Choir Games


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The locally based Cantabile Youth Singers earned a gold medal and a silver diploma at the fourth European Choir Games last month. 

After competing against 171 other choral groups, Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley won a top-level gold medal and a silver diploma last month at the fourth European Choir Games.

Cantabile, based in Los Altos and Los Gatos, spent a week in Gothenburg, Sweden, vying for medals against choirs from 47 countries. More than 6,300 singers participated in the annual event, held Aug. 3-10.

New Morning Forum season underway

The 70th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is underway.

Founded in Los Altos in 1950, the Morning Forum boasts 450 local members. The series features 16 speakers who appear 10 a.m. every other Tuesday from September through the beginning of June at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.


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