Hidden Villa, Town Crier partner for writing contest

Hidden Villa and the Los Altos Town Crier have joined forces to co-sponsor a writing contest for all ages.

The prompt: Describe an experience at Hidden Villa that helped you see the world in a different way.

Icon Bing Crosby connected to opening of Los Altos Youth Center

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Harold Lillis “Bing” Crosby was one of the first multimedia stars of the 20th century. He was successful in radio, television, movies and as a recording star. 

It is no longer well known in Los Altos, but singer-actor Bing Crosby played an important role in the development of the Los Altos Youth Center, today known as LAYC. His involvement may have faded for a reason, a story I unearthed recently with the help of Dianne Lee Shen in the archives of the Los Altos History Museum.

Crosby, who died in 1977 at the age of 74, was one of the best-known entertainers of the 20th century. Born in Tacoma and raised in Spokane, his singing talent made him an international celebrity. His 1942 recording of “White Christmas” remains one of the best-selling records of all time. Although he was never Hollywood handsome, he also became a movie star, winning an Oscar for his role in the 1944 film “Going My Way.”

Playwright Lapadula romances Morning Forum of Los Altos audience


Valentine’s Day had already come and gone by the time Marc Lapadula appeared at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 18, but the playwright, screenwriter and educator’s recollection of classic love stories left audience members enthralled.

Lapadula, senior lecturer in the Yale University Film Studies Program, entertained with tales, poems and film clips in a presentation titled “The Greatest Romantic Moments in Movies.”

Swim club joins with nonprofit to fund scholarships

The Palo Alto-based Alto Swim Club, which has several Los Altos residents as members, recently partnered with Beyond Barriers Athletic Foundation to provide aquatics-program scholarships to underserved youth.

“We want to make swimming accessible to as many interested youths as possible and be able to offer more swimming opportunities to currently underrepresented populations in USA swimming,” said Laura Mitchell, one of Alto Swim Club’s head coaches. “Swimming is a critical life skill. It’s a foundational skill set we believe every child and adult should have the opportunity to learn.”

Unicorn Blue game enchants, inspires girls' love of STEM


Move over, Pokemon GO – a new virtual-reality game may offer the same thrill of discovery while providing inspiration for girls in grades K-8 on several levels.

Through her startup Golden Poppy Inc., Los Altos resident Carrol Titus recently launched what she calls “the first augmented-reality mobile outdoor game” to promote STEM learning for girls. The game debuted at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month in Las Vegas.

Los Altos program provides free tax preparation

The Los Altos Senior Program has scheduled a free tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 13.

The Tax-Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site since 1997.

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