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World Affairs talk explores democracy

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled Francis Fukuyama to discuss “Democracy: Challenges and Hazards for Its Future” Sept. 24 at 75 Tuscaloosa Ave., Atherton. Sign-in will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the program at 3 and a reception at 4:30.

Fukuyama is director of the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law.

Second pancreatic cancer walk set for Sept. 16 in MV

The second Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled Sept. 16 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Organizers Aaron and Leah Nichols, who both lost their mothers to the disease, raised $55,000 at last year’s event. This year, the Los Altos residents aim to raise $60,000, all of which will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.

History Museum seeks residents' stories for exhibition


The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to display the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” beginning Oct. 19.

NASA speaker reveals space agency's next challenges to Los Altos Rotarians

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Michael Dudley addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Michael Dudley said that for all of its space exploration, NASA’s goals are fairly down to earth and include “finding ways to make the Earth a better place” through an understanding of the climate and environment.

Dudley, who addressed the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Aug. 24 meeting, has served as director of the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute since its establishment in 2012. He said NASA continues to explore the universe both remotely and by “going where no one has gone before.”

Church hosts Mediterranean food festival

The Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer has scheduled its 36th annual Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds, 380 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills.

The festival will include Middle Eastern cuisine, international music and dance performances, and children’s activities.

Volunteers dig away at Los Altos' trash problem

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Los Altos resident Oliver Breitbart, 14, composts a post- farmers’ market meal as GreenTown Los Altos volunteers Barbara O’Reilly and Linda Ziff ask him about the process.

The dark side of outdoor eating in Los Altos gathers in black garbage bags hefted away by Mission Trail Waste Systems. Despite city rules requiring vendors to use compostable food containers, those dishes and their contents end up in downtown trash bins on an irksome scale.

This summer Los Altos residents Barbara O’Reilly and Linda Ziff made it their mission to disrupt those dustbins.

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