Morning Forum: Stanford scholar extols 'remarkable genius' of Ben Franklin


Professor Caroline Winterer described to the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience March 19 the qualities, contributions and inventions that led Benjamin Franklin to be considered America’s first genius.

Winterer is director of the Stanford Humanities Center, the author of many books and the recipient of numerous fellowships. For mapping the social network of Franklin, she received an American Ingenuity Award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2013.

TC Holiday Fund recipients 'check out'

2019 Holiday Fund Checkout
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Representatives from 20 local nonprofit organizations attended last week’s annual Town Crier Holiday Fund “check-out” event and received their checks. Los Altos Community Foundation served as the fiscal partner and helped distribute the $219,000 raised from the community. 

Mtn. View hosts Multicultural Fest Saturday morning

The city of Mountain View is scheduled to host the second Multicultural Festival 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St.

The Human Relations Commission launched the festival in 2017 to provide an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Mountain View community by bringing together residents to share, learn and understand people of all cultures, talents and beliefs.

Community Briefs - Week of March 27

First Friday to include Frisbee fling April 5

First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. April 5 in downtown Los Altos, will include Ultimate Frisbee demonstrations courtesy of the San Jose Spider, the pro Ultimate Frisbee team that plays at Foothill College. Team members will showcase their skills at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets.

First Friday visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer discounts and complimentary refreshments. Bands will perform at various downtown locations, children’s activities are set for the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza and receptions are scheduled at art galleries.

Parenting coach leads workshop tonight at Mountain View Library

Parenting coach and author Cynthia Klein is scheduled to host a free workshop 7-8:30 p.m. today at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.

At the workshop, titled “Build Your Child’s Self-Confidence and Personal Power,” Klein aims to help parents better understand the two main components of self-esteem: children feeling “lovable” and “capable.” She added that greater self-confidence “teaches (children) to stand up for themselves, as indecisive children and children who are fearful often do not express their desires.”

Community Briefs the week of March 20

World Affairs talk centers on China

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “China’s Future and Its Implications for the United States” 7:30-9 p.m. April 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Thomas Fingar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Scholar at Stanford University, will discuss the challenges and choices China faces and how they will affect the U.S.

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