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Morning Forum presenter spotlights four films that changed the nation


Playwright and screenwriter Marc Lapadula offered his take on “Four Films That Changed America” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Jan. 17.

Lapadula, senior lecturer in screenwriting for Yale University’s Film and Media Studies Program, discussed the films that he considers have most changed U.S. cinema and significantly influenced culture: “The Jazz Singer,” “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” “The Graduate” and “Jaws.”

Surveillance workshop urges data diligence


Their heads bowed over small clusters of laptops, smartphones chiming periodically, more than a dozen Los Altos and Mountain View residents worked side-by-side to shore up weak passwords and encrypt phones Jan. 19. Some even took notes on the digital particulars the old-fashioned way: with pen and paper.

Bringing together political activists and concerned citizens faced with day-to-day digital demands, the hands-on Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop at Los Altos’ main library tackled the challenges of maintaining privacy in an age of high-tech surveillance. The session, co-hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and the Los Altos Library, taught tactics intended to help participants with all levels of tech savvy keep their personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

LACF oversees grants program for improving Mountain View

Individuals and nonprofit organizations can apply for grants beginning Tuesday under the new program Inspire Mountain View.

Inspire Mountain View is a community grants challenge established by four tech companies in the city: Google Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Symantec Corp. and Synopsys Inc.

Community Briefs

Library hosts talk by immigration lawyer

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation by immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn 7 p.m. Monday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Alcorn will answer questions about President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders, address questions about local immigrants’ most urgent immigration needs and explain how people can apply for green cards and citizenship.

These Los Altos Library Reading Buddies are all ears

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Reading Buddies therapy dogs help children build their confidence in a special program at the Los Altos main library.

Carter’s preferred snack is freeze-dried liver, “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is his favorite book and eating is featured prominently on his list of daily activities. Torrey likes bananas, “Henry and Mudge” stories and dressing up. Desi’s jam is bacon, “Madeline Finn and the Library Dog” and napping in the sunshine.

As profiled on their respective promotional bookmarks, each four-legged Reading Buddies participant boasts a distinct personality. But it’s the canines’ ability to listen without interrupting that consistently attracts the program’s two-legged participants – struggling readers who gain confidence by reading aloud to therapy animals. Saturday marked the post-holiday return of the free monthly drop-in sessions at the Los Altos main library.

Brothers come to firefighters' aid with toy donations

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Brothers Alex and Nico Suppiah deliver toys over the holidays.

After organizing Toys for Tots drives and volunteering at the Kiwanis Christmas Tree Lot in previous years, brothers Alex and Nico Suppiah wanted to do even more to help people over the 2016 holidays.

The two Boy Scouts did some research and discovered that the local fire departments were sponsoring a toy drive. The Suppiahs wanted to join the cause.

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