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Los Altos Rotary Club distributes grants to local nonprofit groups


Charles Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotary Club of Los Altos grants chairman Lonnie Gary, left, and Rotarian Kendra Gjerseth, third from left, join representatives of nonprofit groups that received club funding.

Funds earned at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park fundraiser in May will go back into the community.

Lonnie Gary, the club’s grant chairman, presented $30,000 in Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund fall grants Nov. 3 to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations.

Couple to discuss life in Mexico with Tarahumara


Courtesy of Mark Morris
Don and Marie Burgess are slated to show photos, like the one above, documenting their experiences with the Tarahumara people.

Don and Marie Burgess, who have lived for 53 years in the Copper Canyon region of Mexico, are scheduled to discuss their experiences and show pictures of life among the Tarahumara people 6 p.m. Friday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

Don is a linguist working on Bible translations in the native dialects, as well as writing educational literature used in government schools. In 2015, he received an award from the Mexican government for helping preserve the Tarahumara culture.

History Museum visitors brush up on innovator's painting technique


 

Painter Susan Chan, second from right, demonstrates the ink-brush and splashed-color techniques made famous by her teacher and mentor Hau Beiren, a Los Altos resident. Chan led the educational event at the Los Altos History Museum last month as part of the exhibition “Hau Beiren at 100,” which has been extended through Dec. 31.

The bilingual exhibition – the first in the museum’s history – explores the work of one of California’s greatest contemporary Chinese painters, the 100-year-old known locally as Paul Hau. He moved to the United States in 1956 and introduced an increasingly abstract style rooted in traditional Chinese landscapes. Hau’s “Old Apricot Villa” home in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his work uniting Chinese ink-brush techniques with Western geography and modernist aesthetics. His gallery at 334 State St. has featured his work since 1972.

New Los Altos Hills holiday program fields letters to Santa

It can get awfully hectic at the North Pole this time of year, what with mapping sleigh routes, fielding gift requests and tuning up reindeer – all while negotiating with the ELU, or Elf Labor Union.

Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a little help.

Health policy expert shares insight with Morning Forum audience


Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed national health-care policy at the Nov. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed “Making America’s Health Care Great (Again?)” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 1, offering encouraging and often humorous insight.

Rotarians salute and support vets


Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los Altos
U.S. Marine veteran Jeshua Sosa, flanked by Rotarians Ron Labetich, left, and Jack Kelly, attends the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.
 

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ support of the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center embodies the club’s mission to serve the community.

After learning in 2011 of local veterans’ needs, Rotarians, including 37 veterans, mobilized and committed to support veterans.


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