'Challenge' just a walk in the park for locals


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Ron Perkins and and Dinesh Desai enjoy Mount Madonna Park. Perkins, Desai and Frank Crossman hiked seven county parks covering more than 25 miles in two days. 

Dinesh Desai loves a challenge, particularly when it comes to hiking. So when the Santa Clara County Parks Department offered its annual hiking challenge for 2019, the longtime Los Altos resident and a few of his fit companions were up for it.

Desai, 79, and fellow Los Altos resident Ron Perkins, 79, and Frank Crossman, 75, of Palo Alto were the first finishers in this year’s #PixInParks challenge, which runs throughout the year. The challenge involves hiking seven county parks in two days. Desai, who has been hiking regularly since 1986, accomplished the same feat in just one day last year, but he did it in May, when the days were longer and the parks had extended hours.

Survivor of North Korean imprisonment describes ordeal


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Journalist Laura Ling described to a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience her 140 days imprisoned in North Korea and her sister’s role in freeing her.

In her Jan. 15 presentation “Journey of Hope,” Ling offered an account of her capture and the efforts of her sister, Lisa Ling, to secure her release. The sisters co-authored a book about their experience, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.”

Los Altos resident honored

Maria Walters/Special to the Town Crier

Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, founder of the nonprofit WomenSV, received the KPIX Channel 5 Jefferson Award for Public Service Jan. 16 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Over the past seven years, WomenSV has helped survivors of domestic violence whose partners abuse their power, wealth and status. She has served more than 1,300 survivors in Silicon Valley with a helpline, support groups, counseling and referrals to resources. Pictured, from left, are KPIX reporter Sharon Chin, Patrick and Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO.

CSA, Hope's Corner holiday sharing partnership proves a win-win

Community Services Agency and Hope’s Corner joined forces over the holidays to host a weekend of activities for low-income families Dec. 15 and 16.

Jazz great Vuckovich returns to MV's Wunderman House for Sunday afternoon concert


Courtesy of Larry Vuckovich
Larry Vuckovich performs at a recent concert. The jazz legend is scheduled to perform in Mountain View Sunday.

Acclaimed jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is set to return to Mountain View for another concert of standards – this time in the trio format with bass and guitar – 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave.

The concert will feature pieces from Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson and Vince Guaraldi. Vuckovich, a jazz veteran with a Balkan background, is considered an innovator – he incorporates ethnic Eastern European music into his playing. Jeff Chambers will accompany Vuckovich on bass, and 24-year-old Kai Lyons on guitar.

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


Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
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.


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