Morning Forum speaker warns of impacts of climate change

Courtesy of Morning Forum of Los Altos
Professor James McClintock addresses the audience at the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 17.

James McClintock, Ph.D., issued a clarion call to the Morning Forum of Los Altos in his prophetic presentation “From Penguins to Plankton: The Dramatic Impacts of Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula” April 17.

McClintock is the Endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 1997, McClintock Point on McMurdo Sound in Antarctica was named in honor of his contributions to exploration on that continent.

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

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Valley's military artifacts speak of service and sacrifice

Robin Chapman/ Special to the Town Crier
Rear Adm. William A. Moffett received the Medal of Honor in 1914 for distinguished conduct in the siege of Veracruz. After his death in 1933 in the crash of the USS Akron, Moffett Naval Air Station was named in his honor. Pictured is the duplicate of Moffett’s medal, now on display at the Moffett Museum.

Historical artifacts travel a curious road as they move from the closets of the living to the glass cases of museums.

“These objects are links between past and present,” said retired U.S. Navy Rear Adm. James Schear, who spoke at a recent ceremony at the Moffett Historical Society Museum.

Save the Date

May 12

“Celebrating Dick Henning: 50 Years of Foothill College Celebrity Forum,” 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Palo Alto. Information:

May 19

Los Altos Kiwanis Club’s 71st annual Pet Parade, 10 a.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

Foothills Congregational hosts rummage sale

            Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

            According to sale organizers, “bargain hunters and thrift-store aficionados” can shop for “thousands of high-quality, gently used items.”

            Sale items will include clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, housewares, furniture, linens, craft supplies and home decor items.

            “We have many members who are reorganizing or downsizing and need to divest themselves of their beautiful collections of a lifetime,” said Jean Golden, church member. “We’re happy to contribute to our environmentally conscious community by helping to recycle excellent used merchandise and give others a chance to purchase needed goods.”

            Organizers recommend shopping May 4 for “best selection” and May 5 for “best prices.”

            For more information, call 282-7718 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Los Altos Hills author 'transitions' from nonfiction career, publishes first novel

Courtesy of Neerja Raman
Neerja Raman said she wanted to write about women “who take charge of their life and run with it.”

After writing several articles on technology and management, and publishing a book on the subject, Neerja Raman turned to fiction. The Los Altos Hills resident said doing so required her to unlearn nearly everything she knew about writing nonfiction.

Although Raman said she always liked writing and it came naturally to her, she deemed it necessary to take classes and attend conferences on fiction writing before starting on what would become her debut novel, “Moments in Transition: Stories of Maya and Jeena,” released in January.

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