Los Altos Senior Program offers free tax service through April 16

The Los Altos Senior Program offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 16.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 22 years. IRS-certified volunteers meet with clients, review their tax forms and records, and prepare and electronically file both federal and California state tax returns.

Upstage finds permanent home on MVCPA SecondStage


Photo courtesy of Upstage Theater
Upstage Theater, a local student-run troupe, recently secured status as the resident company at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ SecondStage. Past Upstage Theater productions include “Heathers: The Musical,” pictured here.

Upstage Theater, the local student-run company, now has a permanent home in Mountain View.

The city last month approved Upstage as the resident company at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ SecondStage.

Rotary Club: Entomologist examines bugs as crime evidence


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Forensic entomologist Richard Merritt speaks at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting March 1.

That annoying black fly buzzing around may actually be a valuable asset to a police team investigating a crime, according to a forensic entomologist who spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting March 1.

Richard Merritt, Ph.D., Michigan State University Distinguished Professor Emeritus with expertise in aquatic and forensic entomology, discussed “Bugs and Bodies: The Role of Insects in Crime Investigations,” sharing some gruesome anecdotes essential to his examinations of 80 crimes.

Local Arts Roundup: LAH Town Hall hosts 'Odyssey' exhibition


Courtesy of Daniela Friedmann
The work of artist Judy Gittelsohn, including the piece above, is featured in the new exhibition at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, which opens Sunday.

The exhibition “Odyssey,” showcasing the work of local artist Judy Gittelsohn, is scheduled for display Sunday through Sept. 15 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception featuring live music, refreshments and wine is slated 2-5 p.m. Sunday at town hall.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Revisit the story of Halsey House and its pioneering owners


This photo from 1943 offers a rare glimpse of the interior of Halsey House, when Emma Halsey was still in residence. The couple’s first granddaughter, Margaret Buss, beams as the sun gleams on Emma’s art, antiques and homegrown flowers.

Halsey House at Redwood Grove Nature Preserve has been in the news since the Los Altos City Council voted in January to seek ways to restore, repurpose and reopen it.

Named a city historical landmark in 1981, it served from 1974 to 2008 as a meeting place, nature center and Ohlone interpretive center. Beyond its value as a public space, the house also boasts a history that ties it to the rich tapestry of Santa Clara County pioneers.

Rotary Club: Police chief highlights safety efforts


Chuck Lindauer/ Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 22.

Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea delivered both good news and bad news to members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos: The good is that they live in a safe community, and the bad is that because it’s so safe, some people don’t take precautions such as locking their doors and windows or setting their alarms.

Sworn in as chief in 2016 after seven years on the local police force, Galea said his department’s priorities are child and school safety, traffic safety, safe and secure neighborhoods, emergency preparedness and safe shopping districts.


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