Los Altos veterans look to preserve hall with historical designation

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Veterans William Bassett, left, and Ken Newman of American Legion Post 558 hope to preserve the American Legion Hall on First Street.

Members of the local American Legion are working with the city of Los Altos to secure a historical designation for the Legion’s 80-year-old building on First Street. Doing so would protect the structure from being sold and razed for redevelopment.

Legion Post 558 members, led by William Bassett of Los Altos, continue to hold meetings and events, and rent out space in the facility, located at 347 First St. The 3,920-square-foot American Legion Hall was built in 1940 by World War I veterans for approximately $3,300, according to Legion records.

Fundraiser supports local Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada has scheduled its 17th annual Memories in the Making Auction fundraiser 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The event will feature live and silent auction items including travel experiences, rare wines, and sports and theater tickets. Artwork from the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memories in the Making program, a therapeutic art class for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, will be on display.

Morning Forum of Los Altos winter-spring lectures underway

The annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series continues into 2020.

Founded in Los Altos in 1950, the Morning Forum boasts 450 local members. The series features 16 speakers who appear 10 a.m. every other Tuesday from September through the beginning of June at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Los Altos singer-songwriter launches new career focused on the upbeat

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In November, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe released “Time to Soar,” her newest album. Her work has been described as “new-age rock,” an amalgamation of classic pop rock and new-age sensibilities revealed in life-affirming lyrics.

After 30 years in marketing for companies like Apple, Los Altos resident Mary Gospe knew there had to be “life after tech.” So she left the corporate world two years ago and embarked on an encore career as a singer-songwriter.

Valentine's Day-themed downtown special events scheduled Friday

February’s First Friday – scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos – features a Valentine’s Day theme and activities organizers hope visitors will love.

In conjunction with First Friday, the Los Altos Village Association is sponsoring its annual Valentine’s Stroll 5-8 p.m. The evening will include extended store hours, art gallery receptions and promotions at various downtown stores.

Los Altos announces awards of emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently awarded its 2019-2020 Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants.

“This latest grant cycle brought in two newly registered Block Action Teams, and over half of the neighborhoods were new grant applicants,” said Ann Hepenstal, community emergency preparedness coordinator. “We’re excited to see each neighborhood’s plans in improving their resiliency and emergency preparedness, and to provide the motivation and funding for these ideas.”

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