Los Altos resident named Tribute to Women honoree


The YWCA Silicon Valley recently recognized Afsaneh Behdad for not only her work in the field of physical verification, but also for her impact in the community – and beyond.

Behdad’s dedication to mentoring others and her work as group director at Synopsys Inc. prompted the Y to name her a 2018 Tribute to Women honoree, according to YWCA Silicon Valley CEO Tanis Crosby.

Moffett Field society, museum host Medal of Honor ceremony

Sherry Oppenheim/Special to the Town Crier
Four generations of the Moffett family attend the April 22 Medal of Honor ceremony at Moffett Field commemorating the sacrifice of the late Rear Adm. William A. Moffett.

The Moffett Field Historical Society and Museum hosted a ceremony April 22 marking the addition of two key items to its exhibition honoring the late Rear Adm. William A. Moffett, also known as the “Father of Naval Aviation,” after whom Moffett Field is named.

After a multiyear effort, the U.S. Department of the Navy delivered a duplicate of Moffett’s Medal of Honor for display at the museum.

Author's trilogy recounts life in war-torn Europe, escape to U.S.


Author and Los Altos resident Gisela Zebroski recently released her new memoir, “Selfie Sideways,” completing her trilogy “100 Years of Fortitude,” the story of her Baltic German family.

Zebroski is scheduled to host a book signing and discussion of “Selfie Sideways” 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the museum.

LACF awards $84.5K in grants to local nonprofit organizations

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $84,500 in its spring grants cycle to 18 local nonprofit organizations and programs that improve the quality of life for seniors, youth and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants support programs such as the Community Health Awareness Council’s development of increased cultural and racial literacy by its clinical supervisors and interns, Parents Helping Parents’ outreach and support services to families with special-needs children and Peninsula Symphony’s summer pops concert in downtown Los Altos.

NCL chapter helps autism center blossom

Thanks to the girls and mothers of the National Charity League’s (NCL) Orchard Valley Chapter, based in Los Altos, families of those affected by autism are enjoying a blooming vertical garden, pictured above, at the Autism Diagnostics & Consulting Center in Los Altos. The teens of NCL’s Class of 2018 built the garden for their senior project. The garden is the culmination of the girls’ six years in the organization, which encourages volunteer work and fosters leadership development. NCL members Margo Thornton and Kristina Claras each devoted approximately 50 hours of work in planning, designing, coordinating and building. Each of the 20 girls in the Class of 2018 worked an additional 10-15 hours to complete the garden. The girls had raised funds for the project by hosting a pancake breakfast earlier in the year. For more information, visit orchardvalley.nationalcharityleague.org.

Comey, Cleese among speakers scheduled for 51st Foothill College Celebrity Forum


The 51st season of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series – launching in the fall – will feature authors, actors and the former FBI director best known for being fired by President Donald Trump.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.

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