Rotary Club of Los Altos: Author chronicles innovative spaceflight competition

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Author Julian Guthrie discusses her book at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 11.

Best-selling author and journalist Julian Guthrie discussed her recent book on private spaceflight at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 11.

Guthrie’s nonfiction book “How to Make a Spaceship: A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight” follows her acclaimed “The Billionaire and the Mechanic,” which chronicled tech titan Larry Ellison’s quest to win the America’s Cup yacht race.

LAH resident's book offers tips on becoming 'Backyard Activist'


By publishing his new book, Los Altos Hills resident and activist Mark Breier hopes to move the citizens of Los Altos – and other towns – to take proper action in resolving problems they encounter in their communities.

He said the advice offered in “The Backyard Activist: 21 Tips to Mobilize Your Community, Your Town, Your World” is meant to move residents from the “perspiration stage” to the “inspiration stage” as they seek solutions.

Community Briefs

GreenTown promotes clean electricity

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “We Have Clean Electricity, Let’s ‘Switch’ to Using It” 7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Don Bray of Silicon Valley Clean Energy will share the latest news on programs that promote fuel switching to help residents use clean, renewably generated electricity and forgo burning fossil fuels.

MV mayor leads bike tour Saturday

Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel has scheduled a “Ride with Lenny” bike tour 10 a.m. Saturday beginning in the Landels Elementary School parking lot, 115 W. Dana St., Mountain View.

The easy, family-friendly ride is designed to showcase the city’s bicycle infrastructure and note developments along the route.

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

At the Library

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

• 7 p.m. today: Master Gardener Vera Kark will discuss basic steps for planning, setting up, planting and harvesting a vegetable garden. Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County is co-sponsor of the presentation.

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