Los Altos vet featured in Hormel film festival


SCREEN CAPTURE FROM “CHUCK BAKER’S TABLE OF HONOR”.
Chuck Baker, second from right, leads a group of veterans in a weekly breakfast gathering that inspired a film.

World War II veteran pilot Chuck Baker of Los Altos is the subject of a short film that premiered last week as part of the Hormel Foods Film Festival, an online event featuring six profiles.

Baker, 101, whose adventures have been featured on occasion in the Town Crier, stars in the film “Chuck Baker’s Table of Honor.” He is interviewed with four other veterans – all serving in different branches of the military – who had been gathering every week at a local restaurant to share stories.

Libraries remain physically closed, but services expanding online

Santa Clara County Library District branches, including the main and Woodland branches in Los Altos, will remain closed through the end of May under the county’s updated shelter-in-place order.

During the closure, library staff is working to expand online services and provide additional online programs.

Buck's owner MacNiven relays Pacific travel adventures to local Rotarians


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Jamis MacNiven helps local Rotarians’ imaginations take flight with tales of travels to exotic destinations. MacNiven speaks to club members via teleconference May 7, his feathered companion along for the ride.

Shelter-in-place orders are confining people to home, but Jamis MacNiven’s tales of his exotic travels had listeners’ minds drifting off to faraway lands.

The owner of Buck’s of Woodside restaurant relayed his colorful adventures on remote Pacific islands during the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ virtual meeting May 7.

Chef Chu's grateful for Facebook CEO's funds

It happened in March at the onset of the shelter-in-place orders, but it wasn’t until last week that word spread of eight Bay Area restaurants – including Chef Chu’s – receiving $100,000 each from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

For Larry Chu Jr., general manager of the Los Altos Chinese restaurant, the email from Zuckerberg about the funds came out of the blue and could not have come at a better time.

Simitian holds telephone town hall Sunday

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to host the third of his telephone town halls on the COVID-19 crisis 11 a.m. Sunday (May 17).
Government and health-care leaders will give updates on the status of efforts to combat the crisis and answer questions from residents. Participants will include James R. Williams, county counsel of Santa Clara County; Dr. Sara Cody, public health officer and director of the county’s Public Health Department; Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chief of infection control at Stanford Health Cafe; and Dr. Mark Adams, chief medical officer at El Camino Hospital.
To participate, register by 5 p.m. Saturday (May 16) at tinyurl.com/covid19tth.

Philanthropists step up in COVID fight: Los Altos foundation surpasses $500M in targeted giving

This is the first in a two-part series highlighting the work of the Heising-Simons Foundation and its expanding focus amid the global health crisis.


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