Morning Forum: Human-trafficking expert condemns 21st-century enslavement


Stanford University lecturer Katherine R. Jolluck discussed “Enslavement in the 21st Century” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 20, shocking the audience with the statistic that an estimated 40 million people are enslaved today.

Jolluck is a specialist on the history of 20th-century Eastern Europe and Russia, with a focus on women and war, women in communist societies, the Soviet Gulag, nationalism, anti-Semitism and human trafficking.

Los Altos Youth Theatre undergoes management change

Courtesy of LAYT
Los Altos Youth Theatre, which produced “Alice in Wonderland” last summer, recently merged with Los Altos Stage Company.

Los Altos Youth Theatre is under new management through the city’s partnership with Los Altos Stage Company, but those involved with the program said not much has changed.

While LAYT will continue operations under the city of Los Altos’ Recreation and Community Services program, the only change is that LASC will become the primary management entity, according to Jaime Chew, recreation manager for Recreation and Community Services.

Zimbabwe Run's African Art Contest dedicated to Jones

Photo courtesy of Ellen Clark
Sculptor Hardy Jones is pictured in his workshop at his Los Altos home. The art contest at this year’s Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair is dedicated to Jones, who died last year.

Organizers of the annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair are dedicating the event’s Children’s African Art Contest to the memory of the late Los Altos sculptor Hardy Jones. The 19th annual event is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. March 25 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View.

“We miss this man terribly but know his spirit lives on in all the tremendous art he has spread around Los Altos and Mountain View,” said event organizer Ellen Clark.

Local arts roundup: Exhibits scheduled around town

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
Julia Munger Seelos’ oil painting “Juniper Pass” is on display in March at Viewpoints Gallery in downtown Los Altos.

Gallery 9

The soft pastel work of Carol Bower is featured in the Gallery 9 exhibition “Opening Our Eyes and Hearts: Local Landscape and Seascape Paintings.” The display runs through April 1.

A reception for the artist is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Bower said she looks forward to connecting with people who share her love for the beauty and variety of the local landscapes.

Morning Forum: Doctor offers prescription for treating stress factors

Dr. Lustig

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a leader of the anti-sugar movement to improve global health, discussed “The Hacking of the American Mind” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 6.

Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist, is professor emeritus of pediatrics, a member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies and director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health program at UC San Francisco.

MVPD self-defense class proves a course in confidence

Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Mountain View Police Department Sgt. Pete Beninger, at podium, reviews moves Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) students can use to defend themselves if threatened.

One woman mimed breaking my fingers. Another wrapped her arm around my neck. The only injuries I sustained during the Mountain View Police Department’s free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course Feb. 3, however, were self-inflicted: a knee bruised while righting myself after a practice tussle and a sore ankle I earned by kicking a punching bag like a soccer ball.

“It was tiring, but I’m glad I did it – I am,” I told my instructors when the daylong session concluded. “I can’t wait until my husband gets back. I’m going to show him my moves.”

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