Community briefs: AAUW marks ruling, 'Painting the Pandemic' extended

AAUW commemorates Roe v. Wade ruling

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion with a Zoom presentation 2-3 p.m. Jan. 22.

Laurie Bertram Roberts, executive director of the Yellowhammer Fund, an abortion fund and reproductive justice organization focused on the Deep South, will discuss the impact of anti-choice restrictions. An AAUW press release said the Yellowhammer Fund’s approach to abortion funding and practical support is “one prong in alleviating the governmental and economic coercion placed on the bodies of people of low income – especially those who are people of color.”
Roberts, a writer, activist and mother of seven, organizes across the intersections of gender, race, poverty, disability and sexuality, with the goal of “centering and empowering the marginalized communities that she navigates daily in her own life,” the release stated.
The program is free and open to all.
To obtain the Zoom link, email Vicki Reeder at [email protected]

‘Painting the Pandemic’ deadline extended

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission has extended the deadline for its “Painting the Pandemic” community art project through Jan. 20.

Local residents of all ages are eligible to submit entries, which can include sketches, drawings, paintings or use of mixed media to represent something about the experience of life during the pandemic.

Commission members offered participants prompts: How have you been spending your time? What have you done that’s different or new? What have you particularly missed? How are you feeling?

All entries will be accepted and posted in the back windows of Linden Tree Books at 265 State St. in downtown Los Altos.

Some entries have already been posted.

All submissions will be returned, or, with permission, will become part of the Los Altos History House Archives.

To enter and for more information, visit and click the “Painting the Pandemic” tab.

Church holds blood drive

St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic Parish is scheduled to sponsor a Vitalant blood drive 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Jan. 31 at St. William Hall, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos.

All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and donors will be informed of the results.

To make an appointment and for more information, visit The sponsor code for the drive is “saintnicholas.”

SIR meeting focuses on emergency preparedness

Sons In Retirement Branch 35, which includes Los Altos members, is scheduled to feature a presentation by Ann Hepenstal on emergency preparedness at the club’s Jan. 20 Zoom meeting.

Hepenstal is emergency preparedness coordinator for the city of Los Altos.

SIR is a social group open to active, mature men. Activities include golf, hiking and investments.

For more information, visit


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