Save the Date


Los Altos Village Association Valentine’s Stroll, 5-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

March 2

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Leaders, 5:30 p.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. Information:

Forum addresses people living in vehicles

The Mountain View-Los Altos League of Women Voters has scheduled the forum “Why Are People Living in RVs and Campers on the Streets of Mountain View?” 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Mountain View Senior Center Multipurpose Room A, 266 Escuela Ave.

The forum will explore who is living in their vehicles, why and the impact on city services and neighborhoods.

Morning Forum of Los Altos: Travel writer encourages adventure, offers tips

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Special to the Town Crier Rudy Maza addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Jan. 16.

Travel writer Rudy Maxa regaled the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience with a whirlwind tour of travel stories and advice in his Jan. 16 presentation “The Transformational Power of Travel.”

Maxa began his travel adventures as an army brat. His father’s military career meant Rudy lived “everywhere and nowhere,” he said. That experience made him multilingual, a fluent German speaker, and bitten with the travel bug. He launched his career as a reporter and had the opportunity to start a modest program on public radio’s new Marketplace series. From a brief occasional piece, his repertoire grew and soon became a regular feature known as “The Savvy Traveler.” Currently, his programs “SmartTravels” and “Rudy Maxa’s World” are broadcast on numerous PBS stations.

First Friday, LAVA co-host Valentine's Stroll, hat fundraiser

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
First Friday Committee members sporting the new promotional hat available for purchase include, from left, Jamie Lucia, Donna Drako, Carol Garsten and Annette Knapp.

This month’s First Friday event will feature a Valentine’s Stroll 5-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Co-sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association and Los Altos First Friday, the festivities will include live music on the streets, in-store specials and sales, wine tastings and promotions, dinner and beverage specials in restaurants and illuminated trees filled with hearts with custom Valentine’s messages.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Moffett museum showcases sweetheart jewelry

Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
Some items in Diana Parsons’ collection of military sweetheart jewelry date back to World War I, including the silver bracelet at the bottom of the photo, which lists the names of that war’s battlefields. The first pin she acquired – a tiny spoon with the “USN” emblem – is at far left.


Diana Parsons, secretary of the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum, can remember exactly when she saw her first piece of military sweetheart jewelry.

Mtn. View resident uses science, economics to write 'Artemis'

Aubrie Pick/ Special to the Town Crier
Andy Weir

Following the success of the best-selling “The Martian” and its story of survival, Mountain View resident Andy Weir has written another science-fiction novel – a crime caper set on the moon.

“Artemis” chronicles the adventures of Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara, a Saudi Arabian woman who delivers goods and smuggles to afford the high cost of living in Artemis, the first city on the moon. When Jasmine is offered a large sum of money to assist in a heist, her involvement has unintended consequences and she gets caught up in a conspiracy to take over the city.

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