Los Altos resident named Veteran of the Year


Courtesy of Marc Berman’s office
Ron Labetich, center – flanked by his wife, Marilyn, and State Assemblyman Marc Berman – accepts a proclamation honoring him as 2018 Veteran of the Year.

Los Altos resident Ron Labetich deeply appreciates the sacrifices veterans have made in serving their country. He’s shown his gratitude in numerous ways over the past several years, primarily by spearheading fundraising efforts for the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.

State Assemblyman Marc Berman, whose 24th District includes Los Altos, recognized Labetich’s contributions last month by naming him Veteran of the Year. Berman presented Labetich, a U.S. Coast Guard vet, with the award during the 11th annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon June 20 in Sacramento.

Los Altos' San Juan Dance scores at national competition


Courtesy of San Juan Dance
San Juan Dance’s Sensations dance troupe earned numerous awards at a recent competition in Anaheim.

A group of 26 members of San Juan Dance’s Sensations dance troupe returned victorious from the Dance Masters of America 134th National Convention and Competition in Anaheim, held July 1-8.

Accompanied by 50 of their family members, the Sensations earned a number of Platinum awards, the top honor at the competition, and 12 Special Judges’ awards. Dancers from studios from around the U.S. and Canada performed 650 routines in the performing-arts competition, with seven Sensations routines receiving recognition and three selected to perform in the event’s Grand National Championship.

At the Library: Week of July 18

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 sccl.org/losaltos.

Kiwanis Club's Special Games take second in worldwide competition


Courtesy of Derek Lubich
Kiwanis International recently honored the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Special Games. Pictured, from left, are Lance M. Incitti, Kiwanis International trustee; Rex Upp, Division 12 lieutenant governor; John Richter, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto; Mike Lui, Kiwanis Club of De Anza; Brain Dahlquist, Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto; Patricia Emslie, Division 34 lieutenant governor; Derek Lubich, Kiwanis Club of Los Altos; and Jim Rochford, Kiwanis International president. Those wearing tie-dye shirts served on this year’s Special Games planning committee.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Special Games earned second-place at a worldwide competition of service events selected by Kiwanis International.

The Silver Award announcement in the Signature Project Contest was made at the Kiwanis International Convention, held June 28 through July 1 in Las Vegas.

Los Altos History Museum highlights landmarks with 'Paint the Town II' exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum merges local history with the work of local artists in its upcoming exhibition, “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past,” on display through Oct. 7.

The exhibition’s title is an homage to the first “Paint the Town” in 1999, an effort led by Town Crier publishers Paul and Liz Nyberg that featured paintings created by local artists of the shops and businesses of downtown Los Altos.

Former 'Good Morning America' star speaks on conquering gambling addiction


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Former “Good Morning America” weather anchor Spencer Christian shared the ups and downs of his life and career at the June meeting of Sons In Retirement, Branch 35, which serves the Los Altos area.

Christian, who appeared on the ABC morning show for several years, now works at ABC7 News in the Bay Area and is the author of “You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling” (Post Hill Press, 2018).


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