'Alpha Girls' author highlights successful Silicon Valley women


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.

Master arborist talks trees at library

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Apple Park’s master arborist Dave Muffly, dubbed the “tree whisperer,” leads a May 22 lecture at the Los Altos main library.

When Dave Muffly began working as Apple Park’s master arborist, he was known as “the acorn guy.” Approximately 9,000 trees later, publications like Wired magazine and the Los Angeles Times have dubbed him the “tree whisperer” – the man who can make trees grow anywhere.

Muffly, who spoke in front of a packed room at the Los Altos main library May 22, describes “tree whisperer” as his “superhero name,” but science – not magic – sets the foundation for his success rates.

Psychologist wins distinguished award


Los Altos-based Bonnie Bernell, Ed.D., recently won the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award.

The longtime psychologist and former professor received this year’s award at a ceremony held in April.

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