Great Books Discussion begins new season at Los Altos library

The Los Altos Library’s Great Books Discussion will end its current year Tuesday with poems by Marge Piercy from The Great Books Foundation’s “Modern American Poetry.”

The new season for the discussion program is set to begin May 21. In addition to “Modern American Poetry,” the books selected for the coming season include “Even Deadlier: A Sequel to the 7 Deadly Sins Sampler” and “Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions.”

2019 Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker series runs through June 4

The 2019 Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is underway. The series features speakers who appear 10 a.m. every other Tuesday through the beginning of June at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The remaining speakers and their topics for the spring:

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Family papers reveal Jim Crow restrictions in early Los Altos


Courtesy of Robin Chapman
The Chapman family home is under construction in Los Altos, in 1948. The late Ashley Chapman’s ghostly shadow can be seen in the photo, lower left.

In a pile of old family paperwork, I found the deed to the lot my parents bought in Los Altos in the 1940s. This deed uncovered a great deal more than family history.

Because there was very little civilian housing built in the United States during World War II, it was difficult for my parents to find a home when my father took a job at Ames in 1947. He and my mother rented a room in Palo Alto and had to share a bathroom and kitchen with other boarders. They decided to build a house in Los Altos.

Author leads Rotarians on cultural ride with 'Kurdish Bike'


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In the war-torn, Middle Eastern region of Kurdistan, Theresa Turner ventures out on a bike to explore a nearby village. She had accepted a job teaching English in the area, and while teaching there was not a joy, the school principal begged her to stay.

Alesa Lightbourne explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 21 how she wrote “The Kurdish Bike,” her memoir-turned-novel based primarily on her real-life experiences. Her goal was to describe the Kurdish culture and the extraordinary courage it takes for women to survive in a zone decimated by war and dominated by men.

First Friday Frisbee Fling hits downtown


Courtesy of Los Altos First Friday
The San Jose Spiders are scheduled to come to town Friday.

April’s First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos, will include an Ultimate Frisbee demonstration courtesy of the San Jose Spiders.

The pro Ultimate Frisbee team’s home field since 2014 has been at Foothill College. The Spiders are two-time national champions.

At the Library – Week of April 3

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

• 4-5 p.m. first and third Mondays: A knit and crochet circle serves all skill levels.


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