Museum hosts symposium on influential women of color

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a symposium, “Negotiating Boundaries: Women of Color in Northern California History,” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 2 at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

After the symposium, a closing reception is slated 4-5 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Peninsula Food Runners employs LA residents in quest to feed hungry

Peninsula Food Runners
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Liz Adriaenssens of Peninsula Food Runners delivers food to Los Altos United Methodist Church Friday.

Peninsula Food Runners, an organization that delivers surplus food to nonprofit groups that feed the hungry, has planted roots in Los Altos and hopes to aid Santa Clara County in efforts to reduce waste.

“People want food. People want substance,” said Maria Yap, PFR’s founder and executive director. “Why waste it? Why not give it to people in need? We’re willing to pick it up.”

Community Briefs - week of Feb. 13

Senior tech event scheduled Feb. 23

Tech-savvy “digital ambassadors” will offer seniors free help with their electronic devices during Senior Tech Event IV, scheduled 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Highway Community, 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.

LA Library hosts author for SV Reads


As part of the Silicon Valley Reads program, Gayle Greene, Ph.D., is scheduled to discuss her book “Missing Persons” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

“Missing Persons” is a memoir of Greene’s search for herself when she suddenly becomes the last living member of her family. A region undergoing unsettling changes from Santa Clara Valley to Silicon Valley forms the backdrop of her attempts to untangle her knotty family history, which intersects with growing gap between rich and poor.

Save the Date - Week of Feb. 13

April 7

Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Information:

Comedian to perform in downtown Los Altos

Paul Ollinger Head Shot

Advertising executive-turned-comedian Paul Ollinger is stopping in downtown Los Altos for two shows Feb. 12 and 13 during a current North American tour. The second show is sold out, but tickets remain available for the Feb. 12 event, scheduled to start 7:45 p.m. at Los Altos Tasting Room, 366 Main St.

After 15 years selling digital advertising for Yahoo! and Facebook, Ollinger launched a career in comedy. His accomplishments include opening for top comics Dave Attell and Norm Macdonald, and appearances on "The Apprentice," "Red Eye" on Fox. Ollinger has authored his own book, "You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian's Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools." He's also started his own podcast, "Crazy Money," in January.

Each guest will receive a tasting flight of Byington wines plus one glass of Byington wine, the comedy show, and one raffle ticket (must be present to win). Light bites are available for purchase. This event is $40 per person plus tax. Space is limited.

To register, visit For more on Ollinger, visit

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