Community Briefs, World Affairs, Great Decisions

World Affairs talk centers on Venezuela

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “Venezuela’s Crisis: Chavez, Maduro and Beyond,” 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Stanford University Professor Harold Trinkunas, deputy director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will examine the apparently intractable political and economic crisis facing Venezuela, the role of the military in keeping the present government in power and how the Maduro regime has managed to hang on to power in the face of domestic and international pressures.

The Los Altos Library is co-sponsor of the event. 

To volunteer to help with programs and for more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fundraiser supports Alzheimer’s research

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada has scheduled its 17th annual Memories in the Making Auction fundraiser 6 p.m. Friday at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The event will feature live and silent auction items including travel experiences, rare wines and sports and theater tickets. Artwork from the Alz- heimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program, a therapeutic art class for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, will be on display.

The Memories in the Making event annually raises more than $250,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tickets are $150.

For tickets and more information, visit

SIR Branch 51 hosts lunch, travel talk

Sons In Retirement Branch 51 has scheduled a luncheon noon March 4 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Guest speaker Ray Swartz will discuss his travels, which include treks through Europe solo on a bicycle – the Swiss Alps to Florence, Bolzano to Vienna and over the Dolomites and the Grossglockner Pass, the highest paved pass in Austria.

SIR is a retired men’s social group with no political agenda that meets the first Wednesday of each month. In addition to monthly no-host luncheons with speakers, the group participates in golf, hiking and other activities, as well as holiday and summer social events with spouses and partners.

Meetings are open to guests and potential members.

For more information, call 366-2449, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Great Decisions series comes to library

The Los Altos Library presents the Great Decisions discussion series 1:30-3 p.m. Mondays through March 23 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will discuss critical global issues facing the U.S. today. Each program session features the screening of a brief film, followed by a group discussion.

Topics include:

• Monday: “U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle”

• March 9: “China’s Road into Latin America”

• March 16: “The Philippines and the U.S.”

• March 23: “Artificial Intelligence and Data”

To purchase the program’s Briefing Book, visit A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library.

For more information on the Great Decisions series, call Richard Lopez at 948-7683, ext. 3511, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on library programs, visit


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