Los Altos History Museum launches docent program for local high schoolers

Those strolling through the apricot-enveloped wooden buildings of the Los Altos History Museum this summer may find themselves greeted and then guided through exhibits by a local teen.

The museum is offering its first Teen Docent Program, which provides high school students the opportunity to work alongside museum professionals as docents and learn about Los Altos history. Saturday is the deadline to apply for the program, open to students entering grades 9-12.

Master arborist talks trees at library

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Apple Park’s master arborist Dave Muffly, dubbed the “tree whisperer,” leads a May 22 lecture at the Los Altos main library.

When Dave Muffly began working as Apple Park’s master arborist, he was known as “the acorn guy.” Approximately 9,000 trees later, publications like Wired magazine and the Los Angeles Times have dubbed him the “tree whisperer” – the man who can make trees grow anywhere.

Muffly, who spoke in front of a packed room at the Los Altos main library May 22, describes “tree whisperer” as his “superhero name,” but science – not magic – sets the foundation for his success rates.

Psychologist wins distinguished award


Los Altos-based Bonnie Bernell, Ed.D., recently won the California Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award.

The longtime psychologist and former professor received this year’s award at a ceremony held in April.

LASD-BCS forum focuses on 'facts' behind issues

Stripped of the emotional arguments usually accompanying such discussions, last week’s fact-based forum comparing Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School operations revealed more similarities than differences.

Members of the Los Altos Women’s Caucus, who led the June 4 forum at the Los Altos main library, made clear from the start they would stay away from analysis of the recent controversial 10-year proposal leasing the bulk of the school district’s Egan Junior High School campus to Bullis Charter School, while moving Egan students to the new 10th campus site in Mountain View. Instead, veteran district numbers-cruncher Curtis Cole offered a side-by-side comparison of budget numbers and how each entity is governed.

Confronting Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse victim hatches escape plan


This is the fourth in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

World War II veteran visits his battleground

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Chuck Ohman dons his World War II-era jacket with the insignia “Hell On Wheels.” 

Los Altos resident Chuck Ohman returned to Normandy, France, this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The 94-year-old veteran served the United States in two of the most notable battles of World War II. His deployment with the 299th Combat Engineer Division of the U.S. Army dropped him onto the front line during both D-Day (June 6, 1944) at Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 16, 1944, through Jan. 25, 1945) in Belgium.

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