Morning Forum speaker documents year in Vietnam War with camera


Burchik

Steven Burchik, veteran, author and photographer, shared his experiences in Vietnam in his presentation “Compass and a Camera: One Soldier’s View of the Vietnam War” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 19.

It was 1968. The Vietnam War was raging. Students on campuses all over the U.S. were raising questions about the war, and their demonstrations were in the daily news. Burchik, fresh out of college, decided to enter the U.S. Army.

Cyclist fights cancer one road at a time


Courtesy of Spencer Phillips
Spencer Phillips plans to cycle across the United States this summer to raise money for young adults suffering from cancer.

The wind zips past Spencer Phillips’ ears as he makes his ascent along U.S. Highway 1 near his home in Santa Cruz. A blur of rhythm and rolling keeps him in a blissful trance as he cycles along the panoramic bay.

“You’re able to see the road in the world at a different viewpoint,” he said.

Director sheds 'light' on Montalvo exhibition


Courtesy of Angela McConnell
Angela McConnell of Montalvo Arts Center stands with one of the Bruce Munro artworks currently on display.

Angela McConnell’s passion for the arts is inspiring and contagious. Her ability to articulate and infuse that passion in others has transformed local arts institutions by eliciting more public and donor support than previously thought possible.

Under the Los Altos resident’s leadership in the early 2000s, the Community School of Music and Arts built a new Mountain View campus. Over the past decade as its executive director, McConnell has led Villa Montalvo from a respected but relatively hidden gem in Saratoga into an arts tour-de-force under its new heading, the Montalvo Arts Center.

Morning Forum speaker explores Victorian styles


Dixon

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


Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
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.


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