Community Briefs - Week of April 10

Deer Hollow Farm offers spring tours

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled Spring Farm Tours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Docents will escort tour-goers into the animal pens to meet the sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits. Visitors also can walk around the barnyard to see the cows and pigs up close.

Award-winning musicians perform at Foothills church

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and national award-winning vocalist Greta Pedersen are scheduled to return to Los Altos for a concert with Bay Area fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken and Doug Young 2-4 p.m. May 5 at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave.

Hanson and Pedersen’s concerts feature a mix of jazz, Americana, originals and pop. Gerken and Young draw from their individual catalogs of original compositions, Celtic tunes, arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional classical piece.

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'


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.

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