Day workers share stories via museum quilt project

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The “Traveling Stitches” quilt exhibition features contributions from 140 dayworkers, who created quilt blocks as part of their English language-learning program.

The Los Altos History Museum and the Day Worker Center of Mountain View have joined forces to present the exhibition “Traveling Stitches: Quilts Made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View,” scheduled to open Thursday and run through April 29 at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

Naomi Zamir, a volunteer at the Day Worker Center, served as curator of the display.

AAUW commemorates anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Los Altos walk, program

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Stanford physician Sophia Yen dicussed women’s health and safety issues during the Jan. 22 American Association of University Women program.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women marked the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion with a program at the Los Altos Youth Center and a march along San Antonio Road Jan. 22.

The Raging Grannies, a singing group comprising women’s rights activists, kicked off the program by leading the audience of more than 50 people in a selection of songs with lyrics that skewered sexual harassment, pay inequity and abortion restrictions. The group sang their song “No Means No,” for example, to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.”

Confronting Domestic Violence: Valentine's Day, One Billion Rising – recognizing the intimate enemy

Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day: a day for honoring sweethearts with expressions of true love. It’s also the day of One Billion Rising, a worldwide movement to end all forms of violence against women, recognizing that one in three women on our planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime, and usually by someone she knows. It’s inconceivable that two polar-opposite ways of treating women – assaulting and honoring – should fall on the same day. Or is it?

What’s the core factor that changes a Valentine sweetheart into a victim of intimate partner violence? The abuse of power and control. It extends well beyond physical and sexual abuse: words, money, technology, religion – anything can become a weapon in the hands of an abuser. He may call her names and threaten to destroy her/hunt her down/take the children away if she leaves. He may slowly, insidiously take control of all of the joint assets. If he is technologically savvy, he may install spyware on all of her electronic devices. Slowly but surely, her sense of autonomy, safety, confidence and freedom will get worn away; and no matter how nice it looks on the outside, her home, which should be her sanctuary, turns into a cage.

Rotary Club of Los Altos: Author chronicles innovative spaceflight competition

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Author Julian Guthrie discusses her book at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 11.

Best-selling author and journalist Julian Guthrie discussed her recent book on private spaceflight at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 11.

Guthrie’s nonfiction book “How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight” follows her acclaimed “The Billionaire and the Mechanic,” which chronicled tech titan Larry Ellison’s quest to win the America’s Cup yacht race.

LAH resident's book offers tips on becoming 'Backyard Activist'


By publishing his new book, Los Altos Hills resident and activist Mark Breier hopes to move the citizens of Los Altos – and other towns – to take proper action in resolving problems they encounter in their communities.

He said the advice offered in “The Backyard Activist: 21 Tips to Mobilize Your Community, Your Town, Your World” is meant to move residents from the “perspiration stage” to the “inspiration stage” as they seek solutions.

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

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