Morning Forum speaker explores Victorian styles


Architect James Dixon gave an illustrated presentation on “Victorian/Edwardian Residential Architectural Styles in San Francisco” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 5.

Dixon established his architectural firm JDA in 1996. Previously he was project architect for the late Aaron Green, the last living professional link to Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic school of architecture.

History museum schedules orchard walks

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Phil Doetsch, the orchardist who cares for the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, is one of four docents scheduled to lead Orchard Walks in April.

Spring in the orchard brings blossoms, but this year it will also bring four docent-led Orchard Walks in the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum in cooperation with the Los Altos Library.

The tours are scheduled every Saturday morning in April, with guides leading visitors through the orchard, sharing stories of its past, present and future.

Foundation, Roundtable offer seniors scholarships

Los Altos Community Foundation, in partnership with the Mountain View Los Altos Community Roundtable, is accepting scholarship applications through March 1 from local high school graduating seniors.

Students can use one common application to apply for up to six scholarships offered through Roundtable members including the Rotary Club of Los Altos, the Rotary Club of Mountain View, the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, MVLA Scholars, the Quota Club and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: New book of valley history features African-American contributions

Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Historical Association
Sam McDonald worked at Stanford University for half a century and raised thousands of dollars for Stanford’s Home for Convalescent Children. 

Sam McDonald was born in Louisiana, the grandchild of slaves, and was 6 years old when his family moved to California in 1890. He left home at age 16 and as a young man worked for several years on a Sacramento River steamboat.

Peninsula Food Runners employs LA residents in quest to feed hungry

Peninsula Food Runners
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Liz Adriaenssens of Peninsula Food Runners delivers food to Los Altos United Methodist Church Friday.

Peninsula Food Runners, an organization that delivers surplus food to nonprofit groups that feed the hungry, has planted roots in Los Altos and hopes to aid Santa Clara County in efforts to reduce waste.

“People want food. People want substance,” said Maria Yap, PFR’s founder and executive director. “Why waste it? Why not give it to people in need? We’re willing to pick it up.”

New book chronicles Rotary Club's efforts to combat HIV/AIDS stigma

Author Marlene E. Cowan, past president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, recently released her book “Stories Behind ‘The Los Altos Story’: Rotary Volunteers Confront HIV/AIDS.”

The Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Los Altos Story” chronicles the story of Dude Angius, whose son died of AIDS in 1989.

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