Japan Society gala highlights contributions of local residents

Photo courtesy of Nobuko Saito Cleary
Japan Society gala guests included, above, from left, Japan Society President Larry Greenwood and Los Altos Hills residents Jim and Becky Morgan and Gary and Nobuko Saito Cleary. 

The Japan Society of Northern California hosted its 32nd Award of Honor Gala Oct. 20 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Nobuko Saito Cleary of Los Altos Hills served as co-chairwoman of the event.

A capacity crowd of 300 attended the gala, which honored former Los Altos Hills resident William J. Perry, past U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Hiroaki Nakanishi, executive chairman of Hitachi Ltd.

Hidden Villa preserve in LAH set to host free access day, photo contest this month

Hidden Villa has scheduled a free access day Nov. 23, with trails and picnic areas open to all for a post-Thanksgiving outing.

Visitors to the organic farm and nature preserve can participate in a photo contest by snapping shots of their favorite Hidden Villa moments.

Save the Date - week of Nov. 7


Holiday Stroll, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, 5-9 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

Nov. 25

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: losaltosparade.org.

At the Library - week of Nov. 7

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.

• 7 p.m. Nov. 27: A book discussion for adults will center on the best-selling historical novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

Community Briefs - week of Nov. 7

Local resident hosts ALS fundraiser

Los Altos businessman Robert Hammer is serving as event chairman for “Champions for a Care and a Cure,” a fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The event, featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, wine tasting and an auction, is scheduled 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

World War II vet, now 98, recalls role in ending conflict with Japan


Ronald Fredlund is one of a vanishing breed from the Greatest Generation, a World War II veteran who was just doing his job like so many others but ultimately played a role in altering the course of history.

With another Veterans Day approaching Sunday, Fredlund, 98, remembers his time in the war vividly.

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