Morning Forum season ends with ode to George Gershwin


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Dr. Richard Kogan gets a warm reception from the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience following his June 4 appearance.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos’ 69th year ended on a musical note June 4 with Dr. Richard Kogan’s presentation on “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin.”

A graduate of Juilliard and Harvard Medical School, Kogan is clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. The Boston Globe wrote that “Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world’s two most demanding professions.” Through his lecture-recitals, he examines the lives of great composers through the lens of a psychiatrist.

Local Young Men's Service League Rancho Chapter honors members


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Members of the Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter gather last month at the organization’s Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet.

The Los Altos-based Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter held its end-of-year Awards and Senior Recognition Banquet last month at the Sunnyvale Community Center, honoring members who have performed community service.

YMSL is a four-year program for mothers and their high school-aged sons, spanning grades 9-12. The Rancho Chapter, founded in 2015 by 10 Los Altos moms interested in engaging their sons in community service, boasts 201 members. The boys and their moms have provided thousands of hours of community service to more than 30 local groups.

'Alpha Girls' author highlights successful Silicon Valley women


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Julian Guthrie, author of the new book “Alpha Girls,” touted the “extraordinary successes” of four Silicon Valley women at the May 30 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Guthrie, whose previous best-sellers spotlighted highly successful men like Larry Ellison (“The Billionaire and the Mechanic”), explores in “Alpha Girls” the drive and ambition of women who had the grit to take alpha positions at male-dominated venture capital firms. Guthrie defines “alpha girls” as “the women upstarts who took on Silicon Valley’s male culture and made the deals of a lifetime.”

Confronting Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse victim breaks free, but safety planning never stops

 

The is the final installment in Darlene’s five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

LA-LAH 'State of Cities' takes on 'Rose-y' appeal


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Julie Rose, center, 2019 Walter and Marie Singer Award winner, is flanked by, from left, Crystal Yu of Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office, State Sen. Jerry Hill, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Assemblyman Marc Berman.

For 20 years as president of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Julie Rose honored local business leaders who showed exemplary community service with the annual Walter and Marie Singer Business Volunteer Award.

This year, the now-former Chamber president became one of those honorees.

Los Altos History Museum launches docent program for local high schoolers

Those strolling through the apricot-enveloped wooden buildings of the Los Altos History Museum this summer may find themselves greeted and then guided through exhibits by a local teen.

The museum is offering its first Teen Docent Program, which provides high school students the opportunity to work alongside museum professionals as docents and learn about Los Altos history. Saturday is the deadline to apply for the program, open to students entering grades 9-12.


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