Rengstorff House needs volunteers


City of Mountain View officials seek to expand visitor hours at Rengstorff House in Shoreline Park, a move that requires volunteer docents.

AAUW event recognizes Roe v. Wade, spotlights reproductive health


The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

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


20th annual ReCYCLE Bike Drive generates 80 bikes for students in need

Courtesy of Gary Hedden
Kathleen Santora, left, and Margie Suozzo flank Theresa Lambert, Castro Elementary School principal, as they deliver recycled bicycles for students in need.

Two decades ago, Kathleen Santora launched the ReCYCLE Bike Drive at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills. In recent years, the drive has evolved into a broader community event.

For its 20th anniversary last November, Santora – with the help of GreenTown Los Altos – collected 80 bicycles for distribution to students in need.

GreenTown Los Altos presents plastic pollution documentary

Hoping to highlight the dangers plastics present to the world’s waterways, local grassroots initiative GreenTown Los Altos is scheduled to host a free screening of “STRAWS” Jan. 17 at the Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.


The 2017 award-winning documentary short illustrates the impact of non-recyclable beverage straws and other single-use conveniences and reveals how consumers around the world are working to reduce their use for the betterment of the environment, according to GreenTown.

“STRAWS” (33 minutes) is directed by Linda Booker and narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins. The film won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Environmental Film at the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.

Americans use an estimated 500 million drinking straws each day – enough to fill 125 school buses every day, according to the National Park Service.

The film screening begins at 7 p.m. but doors will open and refreshments will be offered starting at 6:30 p.m. A panel of experts, including Tim Giacomini of Mission Trail Waste Systems, will lead a post-screening discussion.

For more information, visit

Rengstorff House reps seek volunteers

Rengstorff House
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Mountain View city officials are seeking new docents to volunteer at the historic Rengstorff House.

City of Mountain View officials seek volunteer docents for the historic Rengstorff House at Shoreline Park in order to expand visitor hours.

An open house event is scheduled 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the home, located at 3070 N. Shoreline Boulevard. Prospective volunteers are invited to ask questions, mingle and tour the house. A “modest” tea will be served, according to city representatives. Docents available to work Sundays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. are especially in demand.

Built circa 1867 by entrepreneur Henry Rengstorff, the 12-room Rengstorff House is considered Mountain View’s oldest historic home and one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast, according to Friends of the “R” House, a supporting nonprofit organization.

Register for the open house event in advance by visiting or by calling 903-6073. RSVPs are required by Monday (Jan. 15).

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