National Charity League Stanford Hills recognizes Class of 2019

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National Charity League’s Stanford Hills chapter honored the mothers and daughters in the service organization’s Class of 2019 March 23. Pictured, front row, from left: Rashmi Sinha, Arushi Sahai, Barbara Poyer, Whitney Poyer, Abby Kaplan, Paige Kaplan, Aimee Truscott and Jane Truscott. Second row: Julie Lunn, Morgan Lunn, Pam Critchfield, Susan Critchfield, Hannah Sheridan and Kathleen O’Rourke. Third row: Lisa Newton, Ellie Newton, Erika Krugler, Ellie Krugler, Grace Carlson and Cathy Carlson. Fourth row: Karen Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Bridget Tuomala and Carolyn Tuomala. Back: Ally Polverari, Stephanie Polverari, Catherine Cassani, Linda Wong, Madison Horn and Jill Horn.

The National Charity League Stanford Hills Class of 2019 celebrated the culmination of six years of mother-daughter philanthropy, leadership and cultural learning during its 32nd annual Senior Recognition Event March 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

At the event, each senior shared reflections on her six years in NCL that included tributes to the mother-daughter bond and their shared community service partnership. Many of the young women noted the NCL experience as more than “good deeds” and described it as a life-changing commitment.

Affordable-housing advocates hold forum, explore concept of home sharing in Los Altos

Seeking solutions to a pressing problem, the Los Altos Affordable Housing Working Group hosted the forum “Home Sharing in Los Altos: How It Works and Benefits to Homeowners” last week at the Los Altos main library.

The group touted home sharing as a way to use existing resources to expand opportunities for affordable housing, estimating that there are 13,000 homes in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, many with two or more spare bedrooms.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Family papers reveal Jim Crow restrictions in early Los Altos

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The Chapman family home is under construction in Los Altos, in 1948. The late Ashley Chapman’s ghostly shadow can be seen in the photo, lower left.

In a pile of old family paperwork, I found the deed to the lot my parents bought in Los Altos in the 1940s. This deed uncovered a great deal more than family history.

Because there was very little civilian housing built in the United States during World War II, it was difficult for my parents to find a home when my father took a job at Ames in 1947. He and my mother rented a room in Palo Alto and had to share a bathroom and kitchen with other boarders. They decided to build a house in Los Altos.

Author leads Rotarians on cultural ride with 'Kurdish Bike'


In the war-torn, Middle Eastern region of Kurdistan, Theresa Turner ventures out on a bike to explore a nearby village. She had accepted a job teaching English in the area, and while teaching there was not a joy, the school principal begged her to stay.

Alesa Lightbourne explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 21 how she wrote “The Kurdish Bike,” her memoir-turned-novel based primarily on her real-life experiences. Her goal was to describe the Kurdish culture and the extraordinary courage it takes for women to survive in a zone decimated by war and dominated by men.

Local Arts Roundup : Galleries feature new exhibitions – artist receptions Friday

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Paintings by Maura Carta, including the work above, are currently on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery showcases the work of painter Maura Carta for the month of April.

Carta’s “Recent Works” exhibition includes an eclectic assortment of landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and still-lifes. Working within the classical techniques of grisailles and layering, her paintings have a subtle glow to them.

Morning Forum: Stanford scholar extols 'remarkable genius' of Ben Franklin


Professor Caroline Winterer described to the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience March 19 the qualities, contributions and inventions that led Benjamin Franklin to be considered America’s first genius.

Winterer is director of the Stanford Humanities Center, the author of many books and the recipient of numerous fellowships. For mapping the social network of Franklin, she received an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2013.

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