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Authors' Showcase seeks writers

Courtesy of Karen Purtich
Last year’s panel at the Los Altos History Museum’s Authors’ Showcase included, from left, Skip Vaccarello, Ursula H. Meir, Gisela Zebroski, Russell Atkinson, John Ralston and Peter Lobban. 

The Los Altos History Museum seeks local writers willing to participate in its annual Authors’ Showcase, scheduled Nov. 15 as part of the museum’s annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event.

Authors who have published a book during the past two years may apply. Last year’s event featured local authors Skip Vaccarello, Ursula H. Meier, Gisela Zebroski, Russell Atkinson, John Ralston and Peter Lobban.

Adventure cat goes viral : Cat has nearly 22,000 Instagram followers

Courtesy of Erika Johnson
Magic the adventure cat hikes near Mount Baker in Washington. Los Altos native Erika Johnson and boyfriend Eric Mercer own the cat and take him on many of their adventures.

When Erika Johnson and Eric Mercer first created an Instagram account for their cat, Magic, they never imagined how popular it would become.

“Turns out a lot of people are interested,” said Mercer, who lives in Seattle with Los Altos native Johnson.

Los Altos volunteer recognized for work with disaster victims

Russell Coleman/ Special to the Town Crier
Kent Fielden, left, presents the Disaster Cycle Services, Exceptional Leadership Award to Sue Trautman at the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley’s Volunteer Recognition event last month in Los Gatos. Event organizer Jonathan Bernier stands in the background.

From victims of floods to fires, Sue Trautman has helped people throughout Santa Clara County in the past year – and the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley recently recognized the Los Altos resident for her efforts.

Trautman received the chapter’s Disaster Cycle Services, Exceptional Leadership Award, which honors a member of the disaster team for going above and beyond to help others.

Felder, Gunn team up for 'Flying Solo'

Courtesy of Hershey Felder
Opera star Nathan Gunn, standing, rehearses with musician and actor Hershey Felder, seated at the piano.

Hershey Felder is usually the only actor onstage – his current one-man show on Beethoven runs through next week in Mountain View – but he will step offstage for his next production.

“Nathan Gunn, Flying Solo” will feature international opera star Gunn, who met with Felder two weeks ago at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts to work on the biographical play. The one-man show, written and directed by Felder, is scheduled to debut April 4 at the Laguna Playhouse and will likely move to Mountain View later next year.

Local author pens first novel based on real-life work with Coast Guard

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos novelist John Gordon works at his desk.

Longtime Los Altos resident John Gordon combined his knowledge of two subjects familiar to him – the Bay Area and the work of Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers within it – to craft his latest book, “Crash Course: Volunteer Patriots Confront Deadly Terrorists.”

The novel, released earlier this year, is the author’s sixth self-published book and his first work of fiction. Prior to “Crash Course,” Gordon wrote and self-published nonfiction works including “Over Seas: A Spirited Guide for Enduring International Flights” and “Manure,” an autobiographical account of his experiences as a city kid working on his uncle’s farm during the summers of his teenage years.

Input sought on Grant Park upgrades

The Senior Commission of Los Altos is considering upgrades to the Grant Park Senior Center and is seeking input on what the changes should include. Two commissioners will host this informal gathering, set for 1 p.m. June 28 in Room 3 of Grant Park Senior Center. The discussion is part of the regularly scheduled senior programming that day and is not an official meeting.



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