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Foothill College lecture covers black hole

Astronomy and physics professor Andrea Ghez, Ph.D., of UCLA is scheduled to discuss “The Monster Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way” 7 p.m. today in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The nontechnical lecture is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series.

Assistance League seeks volunteers

The Assistance League of Los Altos seeks new members and volunteers to help at the Costume Bank, its nonprofit shop at 169 State St.

The Costume Bank, run by volunteers since 1964, is the fundraising arm of the Assistance League of Los Altos. Last year 93 percent of the shop’s proceeds supported the league’s philanthropic activities and community services, including the HOME apartments at Stanford Hospital, low-cost, temporary housing for outpatients needing to stay near Stanford during treatment; and Baby Bundles, which donates portable bassinets filled with diapers, clothes, toys and blankets to low-income mothers.

Women Rising event raises domestic violence awareness

WomenSV, a local nonprofit organization that serves affluent victims of domestic violence, has scheduled its third Women Rising event 3-5 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Masonic Lodge, 146 Main St., Los Altos.

The Valentine’s Day campaign coincides with One Billion Rising, an international day of recognition that acknowledges the statistic that one in three women worldwide will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes.

MVLA players 'kickstart' family's recovery in wake of devastating fire

Courtesy of Angie Petrella
Members and supporters of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club – from left, Jessica Anderson, Braden Greene, coach Ali Hall, Claire Greene, Sasha Anderson and Alyse Graham- Martinez – sort items they later donated to a Menlo Park family of 10 that lost its home in a fire.

When members of the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club’s Kickstart program learned that a family of 10’s home burned down a few weeks before Christmas, an MVLA team sprang into action.

MVLA Roma White, a team of 10-year-old girls, pulled together to collect clothes and shoes to help the Menlo Park family.

Chaperone facilitates parent carpools to ease traffic at school drop-off times

Photo Courtesy of Shrikant Nasikkar
Los Altos resident Shrikant Nasikkar developed the Chaperone app to facilitate the process of establishing carpool rides to and from school. He said carpools are not only environmentally beneficial, but they also facilitate friendships by bringing people together. Nasikkar is promoting the concept through school PTAs.

A few years back, Los Altos resident Shrikant Nasikkar received a call all parents dread.

“Your son’s been in an accident,” Nasikkar remembers hearing.

Dr. Hardin 'Hardy' Jones: Respected surgeon, artist, family man

Robert Holmgren/ Special to the Town Crier
Dr. Hardy Jones enjoyed long careers as a surgeon and a sculptor of “found art.”

Hardin “Hardy” Jones, M.D., was an eternally optimistic personality who, rain or shine, often remarked, “Today is a great day.”

Dr. Jones, an orthopedic surgeon whose second career as a “found art” sculptor brought public acclaim, died Dec. 28 at his Los Altos home after an extended illness. He was 71.

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