Local leaders share personal, professional goals for 2018

“To survive. It is an honor to be mayor again. In addition, I have a full-time job and serve on three great nonprofit boards, so surviving next year is my goal.

“(As for a personal goal) I used to be a good golfer, but my game has fallen apart. Maybe I can find a way to put it back together again.”

Humane Society SV sponsors holiday pet adoptions

Humane Society Silicon Valley has launched its annual Home for the Holidays adoption program to help end animal homelessness.

In partnership with the We- Care Alliance – which includes HSSV and a group of five other Santa Clara County shelters – HSSV is offering $20 adoptions of all adult cats and dogs through Jan. 7. In 2016, the Home for the Holidays program connected 774 pets with new homes.

LAH native reflects on lessons learned during grueling Mongol Rally in Asia

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Los Altos Hills native Lawrence Jau crammed into a small car with two friends to participate in the 13th annual Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile trip across Central Asia.

Although he wasn’t able to finish the 13th annual Mongol Rally, Lawrence Jau learned some life lessons as he and two friends drove thousands of miles across Central Asia in a small car with limited supplies and fuel.

The Los Altos Hills native said the trip taught him “people are generally good by nature,” it’s “important to enjoy the journey every day, rather than to just speed toward a destination” and “teammates are super important.”

Los Altos Fun Run goes 'Rogue' again

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A large contingent of Fun Run participants ushers in the new year with a 3.1-mile jaunt through downtown Los Altos.

The city of Los Altos has scheduled the return of its “Star Wars”-themed New Year’s Day Fun Run in downtown Los Altos.

Dubbed the “Rogue Run,” an homage to 2016’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” movie, the informal 3.1-mile run is set for a 9 a.m. start Monday at the intersection of Main and State streets.

LAH resident co-chairs 31st Japan Society of Northern California gala

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Los Altos Hills guests at the Japan Society of Northern California gala include, from left, Willem and Maria Roelandts, Nobuko Saito Cleary (co-chairwoman of the event), Dr. Gary Cleary, Dr. Art Douville, Mylea Charvat and Mark Walther.

The Japan Society of Northern California hosted its 31st annual Award of Honor Gala Nov. 18 at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco.

Nobuko Saito Cleary of Los Altos Hills and Larry Greenwood, Japan Society president, served as co-chairs of the event, which included cocktails, dinner, entertainment and live and silent auctions.

Researcher gives Rotarians progress report on AIDS fight

In recognition of World AIDS Day 2017, commemorated Dec. 1, Arthur J. Ammann, M.D., a UC San Francisco professor and founder of Global Strategies, discussed “Why Some Plagues Don’t End, But They Should” in a presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 30.

Founded in 1998, Global Strategies is a nonprofit agency dedicated to HIV prevention. Ammann based his new book, “Lethal Decisions: The Unnecessary Deaths of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS,” on his 35 years of HIV/AIDS research and experience.

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