Russia expert tells Morning Forum why U.S. reset didn't last


Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s Dec. 3 presentation at the Morning Forum of Los Altos, “An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” focused on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

McFaul is a scholar, policymaker, diplomat, media analyst for The Washington Post and NBC News, and author of the book “From Cold War to Hot Peace.”

Aurora Singers get 'Hip' for holidays

The 70-member Aurora Singers choir, which includes Los Altos area members, is scheduled to perform the concert “Hip! Hip! Holidays” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

The family-friendly program will feature songs by Elvis Pres- ley and Dave Brubeck and will include the selections “Big Band Santa” and “Boogie Woogie Hanukkah.”

Zimbabwe race ends its run: Organizers call it quits after 20 years of events

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Participants in the 2019 Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair are off to the races at the St. Joseph School event. Chief organizer Ellen Clark of Los Altos has announced that she is discontinuing the annual fundraiser after 20 years.

After 20 years of sponsoring races that benefit Zimbabwe orphans, Los Altos resident Ellen Clark figures it’s time to stop.

“It has been a terrific run,” she said, no pun intended, of the annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair.

Community Briefs, women's chorus, pop-up market

Women’s chorus seeks new members

The Community Women’s Chorus is open to new members.

The no-audition chorus practices in Palo Alto and sings to senior audiences in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

City of Los Altos offers emergency-preparedness grants through Jan. 14

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and bolster connections within the Los Altos community.

Los Altos History Museum exhibition highlights history of ham radio operators

The Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” an exhibition on display through Jan. 5 in the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition offers a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters and features ham radio equipment through the years and archival photos of hams and local volunteers. Visitors can learn more about what hams do, how they communicate with one another, the equipment they use and how they help keep the community safe.

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