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Internationally known author headlines Pathways fundraiser

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Famed author Alexander McCall Smith, left, greets Pathways Foundation Chairman Mark Kelsey after delivering the keynote address at the 26th annual “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathways Home Health & Hospice Oct. 13.

Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith wowed an audience of more than 500 with his charming keynote address Oct. 13 at Pathways Home Health & Hospice’s “One from the Heart” breakfast fundraiser at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

McCall Smith, who was born in what is now Zimbabwe and makes his home in Scotland, is the author of the best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series featuring the African woman detective Precious Ramotswe. His many series – including two others set in Scotland – have sold 40 million books worldwide.

Famed centenarian artist's work comes home to Los Altos

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Los Altos History Museum supporters, from left, Stefanie Midlock, Belinda Chung, Marilyn Henderson, guest curator Mark Johnson, Karen Purtich and Eleanor Watanabe celebrate the opening of the “Hau Beiren at 100” exhibition.

Centenarian Paul Hau has museums named after him in his native China and his work has been exhibited throughout the Bay Area and the world.

Locals lead online fundraising effort to save stray dog

Courtesy of Rotts of Friends 
Life will go on for Cody after local residents contributed to his rescue.

Fast-food burgers are Cynthia Martin’s go-to whenever she’s faced with the unfathomable task of having to euthanize one of her family dogs. So the La Honda resident anticipated a stop at McDonald’s en route to visit the condemned German shepherd she helped pluck from the streets.

“I said, ‘I’d like to bring him by his last burger,’” Martin said, recalling her conversation with Palo Alto Animal Services Officer Cody Macartney. “He said, ‘You’re welcome to bring it by, but we’re actually not going to put him down today.’”

LA council candidates address relationships with local school districts

The six candidates running for three open seats on the five-member Los Altos City Council participated in a forum Oct. 6 at Los Altos High School. In advance of the forum, organizers prepared a series of questions for candidates to answer. The Town Crier published candidates’ answers in previous issues. Below is the final follow-up question. Candidate Jeannie Bruins passed on this week’s question due to illness.

Los Altos History Museum executive director Bajuk calls it quits


The Los Altos History Museum Board of Directors reported Oct. 11 that Laura Bajuk resigned as the museum’s executive director. Her last day is Friday.

Bajuk accepted a fundraising and development position with the soon-to-open Palo Alto History Museum.

Firefighters wear pink for breast cancer month

Courtesy of Stephanie Stuehler/Santa Clara County Fire Department
Firefighters unveil their pink pride in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of October, Santa Clara County Fire Department crews will wear pink to draw attention to and raise funds for breast cancer research.

The International Association of Firefighters Local 1165 sponsors the program to generate funds for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink Campaign and the IAFF Charitable Foundation, according to Adam Cosner, Local 1165 Union president.

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