At the Library - week of Nov. 7

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

• 7 p.m. Nov. 27: A book discussion for adults will center on the best-selling historical novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles.

Community Briefs - week of Nov. 7

Local resident hosts ALS fundraiser

Los Altos businessman Robert Hammer is serving as event chairman for “Champions for a Care and a Cure,” a fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The event, featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, wine tasting and an auction, is scheduled 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

World War II vet, now 98, recalls role in ending conflict with Japan


Ronald Fredlund is one of a vanishing breed from the Greatest Generation, a World War II veteran who was just doing his job like so many others but ultimately played a role in altering the course of history.

With another Veterans Day approaching Sunday, Fredlund, 98, remembers his time in the war vividly.

As demand grows, CSA faces volunteer shortage

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
CSA volunteer Ravi Dronamraju unloads a van full of donated food last week.

Community Services Agency not only needs volunteers during the holiday season – the local nonprofit organization also seeks year-round help.

CSA, which serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents in need, faces a shortage of long-term volunteers.

Live music, store promotions highlight upcoming First Friday

November’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Monthly First Fridays feature live entertainment, extended store hours, promotions, discounts on merchandise and services, restaurant happy hours, artist receptions and children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker shares inspiration behind project on racial passing

Allyson Hobbs shed light on racial identity in her presentation “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 16.

Hobbs, associate professor of history and director of African and African-American studies at Stanford University, invited the audience to participate by asking them to recall a time when their identity was mistaken, based on racial, gender, regional or religious identities, and then share their stories.

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