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Event commemorates Roe v. Wade decision

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to commemorate the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade noon to 1:15 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The program will feature Lupe Rodriguez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, and Sophia Yen, M.D., associate professor of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Stanford Hospital.

Dude Angius: Inspiring educator, trailblazer in the fight against AIDS

Photo courtesy of Shelly Bowers
Dushan Angius speaks at his 2014 gym dedication. Mr. Angius coached and was principal of Los Altos High School from 1955 to 1975.

Dushan “Dude” Angius was a larger-than-life figure who inspired generations of youth as an educator and brought the sensitive subject of AIDS to the forefront at a time when discussion of the disease was rife with ignorance.

Mr. Angius, former coach and principal at Los Altos High School, died Jan. 7 after a long illness. He was 88.

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Block Action Team offers trainings sessions

Block Action Team training sessions for Los Altos residents are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, March 15 and April 26, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 29 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

A program of Los Altos Community Foundation, the mission of Block Action Teams is to help neighborhoods “connect, care and prepare.” Participants are trained to assess their neighborhoods after a major disaster and report their status to first-responder resources.

At the Library

Library offers calligraphy class

Friends of the Library of Los Altos has scheduled an art class, “Love Letters: The Art of Brush Pen Calligraphy,” 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will learn simple strokes for calligraphy and create bold capitals and a modern copperplate script. Paper, pen and a handout will be provided.

Rogue runners invade Los Altos


The annual New Year’s Day fun run, this year with the theme “Rogue Run,” drew roughly 800-900 participants to downtown Los Altos, above, according to Los Altos Recreation & Community Services organizers. Adopting a theme from the latest Star Wars movie, “Rogue One,” the 5K run and walk included some runners dressed as Star Wars characters. “We had a Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a Rey that I saw,” said event organizer Jaime Chew. “We also had many in Star Wars T-shirts as well.”

LA Rotarians bring aid to Haitian school

Courtesy of Bud Oliver
Los Altos Rotarians Allan Varni, right, and Bud Oliver, center, pose with Constantine Alatzas of World Hands Alliance. Varni and Oliver traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to help raise funds to rebuild SOPUDEP School.

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, most of the local infrastructure was destroyed, leaving the capital city Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities in rubble and more than 150,000 dead. Humanitarian volunteers poured in with aid, including two Rotary Club of Los Altos members, Allan Varni and Bud Oliver.

Varni and Oliver’s goal was to form connections with local Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations to raise funds to rebuild a school that had been completely destroyed. The quake hit in the late afternoon, so the school’s students were not in class.

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