History Museum exhibition celebrates 90th anniversary of LA garden club

The Los Altos History Museum commemorates the contributions of the Garden Club of Los Altos with its upcoming exhibition, “90 Years of Flowers: Celebrating the Garden Club of Los Altos,” scheduled to run through April 28 at the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The Garden Club is responsible for the original Pet Parade (now organized by the Los Altos Kiwanis Club), the Japanese tea garden that once graced Shoup Park and the daffodils along Main and State.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Esther Williams, movie star and swimmer, married long ago in Los Altos

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Swimmer and actress Esther Williams, shown in a vintage postcard circa 1952, eloped at 18 years old and married in Los Altos.

Esther Williams was a long-legged swimming champion, and so beautiful that MGM Studios signed her to a contract without even a screen test. In Hollywood, she became a star, swimming to fame in improbable movies MGM called “aquamusicals.”

Former Los Altos Hills fire commissioners honored

The Los Altos Hills County Fire Commission honored George K. Tyson and Michelle Wu for their contributions and service to the district at its monthly meeting Feb. 19.

After serving three years as president of the commission, the Santa Clara County Board of    Supervisors reappointed Tyson to another term. In 2018, he was elected to the Los Altos Hills City Council and will now represent the town on the commission along with Mayor Roger Spreen.

Wu resigned from the commission after serving one year. She also is a member of the Los Altos Hills City Council.

Tyson and Wu received engraved crystal paperweights commemorating their service on the fire commission. Pictured, from left, are Tyson, Commissioner Mark Warren and Wu.

Three-legged dog leaves loving legacy on park community

Courtesy of Joyce Hsu
Her owner says Ruby, the three-legged German shepherd, will be missed by many Los Altos park-goers.

Have you ever passed by Lincoln Park and wondered about the brown three-legged German shepherd and her two human companions who always seemed to be standing at a 90-degree angle, helping her to walk and sniff trees? Well, that was our incredibly sweet and perseverant dog, Ruby. Ruby passed peacefully and still filled with joy Jan. 17 at the age of 16, in Los Altos, surrounded by her people who loved her.

Community Briefs - Week of March 13

Meeting spotlights House Sharing Program

An informational event for the House Sharing Program is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

The House Sharing Program, a joint effort from Catholic Charities and Santa Clara County, is a free service with the aim of helping local residents remain in the area and/or be closer to their work or family.

Morning Forum speaker documents year in Vietnam War with camera


Steven Burchik, veteran, author and photographer, shared his experiences in Vietnam in his presentation “Compass and a Camera: One Soldier’s View of the Vietnam War” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 19.

It was 1968. The Vietnam War was raging. Students on campuses all over the U.S. were raising questions about the war, and their demonstrations were in the daily news. Burchik, fresh out of college, decided to enter the U.S. Army.

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