Community Briefs - week of Feb. 20

World Affairs talk spotlights immigration

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “International Migration and U.S. Policy” 7:30-9 p.m. March 6 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Lucas Guttentag, professor of the practice of law at Stanford Law School, will discuss current immigration policies, provide historic context and share his thoughts on the prospects for immigration reform.

History museum schedules orchard walks

Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
Phil Doetsch, the orchardist who cares for the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, is one of four docents scheduled to lead Orchard Walks in April.

Spring in the orchard brings blossoms, but this year it will also bring four docent-led Orchard Walks in the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum in cooperation with the Los Altos Library.

The tours are scheduled every Saturday morning in April, with guides leading visitors through the orchard, sharing stories of its past, present and future.

Foundation, Roundtable offer seniors scholarships

Los Altos Community Foundation, in partnership with the Mountain View Los Altos Community Roundtable, is accepting scholarship applications through March 1 from local high school graduating seniors.

Students can use one common application to apply for up to six scholarships offered through Roundtable members including the Rotary Club of Los Altos, the Rotary Club of Mountain View, the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, MVLA Scholars, the Quota Club and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation.

Saturday event offered for technically challenged seniors

Tech-savvy “digital ambassadors” will offer seniors free help with their electronic devices during Senior Tech Event IV, scheduled 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Highway Community church, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Local seniors can bring their devices to learn such skills as how to write and receive emails, take and share photos, send text messages and use emojis.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: New book of valley history features African-American contributions

Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Historical Association
Sam McDonald worked at Stanford University for half a century and raised thousands of dollars for Stanford’s Home for Convalescent Children. 

Sam McDonald was born in Louisiana, the grandchild of slaves, and was 6 years old when his family moved to California in 1890. He left home at age 16 and as a young man worked for several years on a Sacramento River steamboat.

AARP Foundation offers tax help for seniors

The Los Altos Senior Program offers a complimentary tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 15.

The Tax-Aide program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site for more than 23 years.

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