Rotary marks World Polio Day with inspirational talk


To commemorate World Polio Day Oct. 24, San Jose attorney Craig Needham appeared at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting to share his family’s history with the disease and to advocate for worldwide polio immunization.

Needham’s mother, Jane Boyle Needham, was a happily married mom of three in 1949. She and her husband had just built their dream home in Palo Alto and were vacationing at Lake Tahoe when her life suddenly changed irreversibly. While swimming in the lake, she contracted the poliovirus. The next day she experienced excruciating pain, drove home and was diagnosed with bulbar polio at age 27, paralyzing her motor nerves from the neck down.

Save the Date – Week of Nov. 6


Holiday Stroll, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, 5-9 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

Dec. 1

Festival of Lights Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

Museum rings in holidays with 'Catch the Spirit'

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday celebration noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include live music, refreshments and gift boutiques for shoppers.

Loma Prieta earthquake: New museum exhibition looks back and ahead

The Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through Jan. 19.

The exhibition highlights the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future.

Wrap dress meets PAC-MAN, only in Los Altos


Fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg is popping into town Saturday for an “only in Los Altos” event in both the literal and figurative senses of the word. She’s speaking at a private event on the Facebook campus Friday and decided to turn her Bay Area trip into a luxury retail opportunity just down the road at Los Altos’ Area 151 Arcade. Yes – the video game arcade at 359 State St.

Her fashion label is hosting a pop-up shop 10-6 p.m. Saturday and 11-6 p.m. Sunday, with an anticipated appearance by von Furstenberg Saturday morning. Word has it she might offer styling advice to those who drop by at the right moment. An on-site “monogramming station” is expected to be in operation throughout the weekend.

Community Briefs, First Friday

First Friday highlights student art downtown

November’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

With the theme “Artistic Expressions: Youth Art in Downtown Los Altos Businesses,” in collaboration with the Los Altos School District Art Docents, First Friday will feature student artwork on display in downtown businesses Friday night and through the weekend.

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