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

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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.

Parents gather diapers to 'Help a Mother Out'

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Local parents participate in a diaper drive for the Bay Area nonprofit Help a Mother Out, which distributes the donations to family service organizations in Santa Clara and other counties.

Mountain View resident Gwénaëlle Riehl and her son Owen hosted a diaper drive in Mountain View last week that gathered young families for food and service.

The event, organized through the Las Madres parenting group, taught how to prepare crepes in the style of the Riehls’ native Brittany and collected 587 diapers and 764 wipes for the Bay Area nonprofit Help a Mother Out. Participants ranged from a babe-in-arms to a large herd of toddlers who were just potty-training their way out of diapers themselves.

Symposium complements World War I display

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled the symposium “Women, Workers and the Suppressed” 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The symposium supplements the museum’s current exhibition, “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I,” which runs through May 27.

Museum offers summer workshop for students

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a summer program on museum studies for students entering grades 10-12 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9-20 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants in the free, hands-on Juana Briones Summer Workshop will apply what they learn to create installation pieces for the bilingual exhibition “Inspired by Juana: Doña de la Frontera,” slated for display at the museum Oct. 18 through April 20.

Historian illuminates plight of 'Hello Girls,' first women soldiers

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Elizabeth Cobbs makes a point during her April 3 Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture.

Historian, novelist and filmmaker Elizabeth Cobbs shared her insights about trailblazing women soldiers in her April 3 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The ‘Hello Girls’: World War I and America’s First Women Soldiers.”

Cobbs is senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and holds the Melbern Glasscock Chair in American History at Texas A&M University.

Cannabis proponent promotes benefits, dispels myths

John Hammerschmidt/ Rotary Club of Los Altos

Tim Byars, a proponent of medical cannabis, addressed its benefits and dispelled myths during a presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 4.

Byars is co-founder of The Agathist Collective, a consulting and cannabis delivery service for seniors, and a founding member of Radicle Health, an organization dedicated to helping patients access medical cannabis.

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