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Assistance League seeks volunteers

The Assistance League of Los Altos seeks new members and volunteers to help at the Costume Bank, its nonprofit shop at 169 State St.

The Costume Bank, run by volunteers since 1964, is the fundraising arm of the Assistance League of Los Altos. Last year 93 percent of the shop’s proceeds supported the league’s philanthropic activities and community services, including the HOME apartments at Stanford Hospital, low-cost, temporary housing for outpatients needing to stay near Stanford during treatment; and Baby Bundles, which donates portable bassinets filled with diapers, clothes, toys and blankets to low-income mothers.

Dude Angius: Inspiring educator, trailblazer in the fight against AIDS

Photo courtesy of Shelly Bowers
Dushan Angius speaks at his 2014 gym dedication. Mr. Angius coached and was principal of Los Altos High School from 1955 to 1975.

Dushan “Dude” Angius was a larger-than-life figure who inspired generations of youth as an educator and brought the sensitive subject of AIDS to the forefront at a time when discussion of the disease was rife with ignorance.

Mr. Angius, former coach and principal at Los Altos High School, died Jan. 7 after a long illness. He was 88.

Dr. Hardin 'Hardy' Jones: Respected surgeon, artist, family man

Robert Holmgren/ Special to the Town Crier
Dr. Hardy Jones enjoyed long careers as a surgeon and a sculptor of “found art.”

Hardin “Hardy” Jones, M.D., was an eternally optimistic personality who, rain or shine, often remarked, “Today is a great day.”

Dr. Jones, an orthopedic surgeon whose second career as a “found art” sculptor brought public acclaim, died Dec. 28 at his Los Altos home after an extended illness. He was 71.

Chaperone facilitates parent carpools to ease traffic at school drop-off times

Photo Courtesy of Shrikant Nasikkar
Los Altos resident Shrikant Nasikkar developed the Chaperone app to facilitate the process of establishing carpool rides to and from school. He said carpools are not only environmentally beneficial, but they also facilitate friendships by bringing people together. Nasikkar is promoting the concept through school PTAs.

A few years back, Los Altos resident Shrikant Nasikkar received a call all parents dread.

“Your son’s been in an accident,” Nasikkar remembers hearing.

History Museum hosts California Indian feast exhibition

Courtesy of the Grace Hudson Museum    
This acorn mush basket is one of the artifacts included in “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” the Los Altos History Museum’s latest display.

“Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy, is scheduled to open Saturday and run through April 16 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

A public opening reception is slated 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

LA Rotarians bring aid to Haitian school

Courtesy of Bud Oliver
Los Altos Rotarians Allan Varni, right, and Bud Oliver, center, pose with Constantine Alatzas of World Hands Alliance. Varni and Oliver traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to help raise funds to rebuild SOPUDEP School.

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, most of the local infrastructure was destroyed, leaving the capital city Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities in rubble and more than 150,000 dead. Humanitarian volunteers poured in with aid, including two Rotary Club of Los Altos members, Allan Varni and Bud Oliver.

Varni and Oliver’s goal was to form connections with local Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations to raise funds to rebuild a school that had been completely destroyed. The quake hit in the late afternoon, so the school’s students were not in class.

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