Son recalls father's adventures in the skies

Fritz Trapnell

The life of the late Vice Adm. Frederick M. “Trap” Trapnell may sound like an adventure worthy of a Hollywood film, but it’s actually the real-life history of an American airman passionate about flight, dedicated to data and willing to risk his life to improve aircraft.

Trapnell’s son, Los Altos resident Frederick M. “Fritz” Trapnell, recounted his father’s exploits at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting March 16, as well as in a book, “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, the U.S. Navy’s Aviation Pioneer, 1923-1952” (Naval Institute Press, 2015), which he co-authored with his daughter, Dana Trapnell Tibbitts.

LAH Assyrian Arts Institute donates Lincoln Park statue

Courtesy of the City of Los Altos
The Assyrian Arts Institute is scheduled Saturday to celebrate its new 8-foot-long bronze sculpture at Lincoln Park in Los Altos. It reads “Shlama” – Aramaic for “peace.”

The Assyrian Arts Institute has scheduled a celebration Saturday to mark the display of an 8-foot-long bronze sculpture members donated to Los Altos’ Lincoln Park.

The Los Altos Hills-based institute donated the work, which reads “Shlama” – Aramaic for “peace” – in letters more than 2 feet tall, to Los Altos as a symbol of the Assyrian community, thousands of whom migrated from the Middle East to the Bay Area over the past hundred years.

Simitian shares tips for successful advocacy


Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian discussed the keys to successful advocacy at Los Altos Community Foundation’s Feb. 15 Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) class.

“Having served as an elected official at various levels of state and local government, I’ve observed what works, and what doesn’t,” Simitian said. “Making change is difficult, but it can be done if you know how to be a successful advocate.”

Los Altos hires new coordinator to provide guidance to volunteers

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New Los Altos Volunteer Coordinator Brandon Council, hired last month, said he hopes to build relationships with youth and other community groups.

Brandon Council plans to bring new ideas to his new job as volunteer coordinator for the city of Los Altos.

Hired last month, Council is already putting together a handbook for volunteers and developing ways to recruit teens and college-age students to serve their community.

LACF's E3 Youth Philanthropy awards $10,000 in local grants

E3 Youth Philanthropy, a Los Altos Community Foundation program, recently awarded $10,000 in grants to five local nonprofit groups focusing on mental health, education and closing the economic gap in local communities.

Organizations receiving funding from E3 this year include Hope’s Corner, JustREAD, the Community Health Awareness Council’s Prevention Plus program, the Family Engagement Institute/La Familia and Animal Assisted Happiness.

LA's San Juan dancers shine at competition

Courtesy of San Juan Dance
Anna “Ani” Yordanova, right, is scheduled to compete in the Dance Masters of America’s National Solo Title Competition and Convention this summer in New Orleans, accompanied by her sponsor, teacher Jordan Micek.

Four dancers from San Juan Dance in downtown Los Altos received honors at The Dance Masters of California competition, held March 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Anna Yordanova, 10, who goes by “Ani,” was crowned Junior Miss Dance of California 2017. She started dancing at age 2 in “Mommy and Me” classes. She joined the dance studio’s San Juan Sensations – a competitive dance team – nearly four years ago and has “loved every second of being on the team,” she said.

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