Silicon Valley Reads comes to LA Library this month

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage, Silicon Valley Reads 2020 celebrates the achievements of women with its theme “Women Making It Happen.”

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community engagement program presented by the Santa Clara County Library, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Jose Public Library. It selects books that reflect a theme relevant to the region and encourages residents to read, think, discuss and share their diverse perspectives.

World Affairs talk centers on Venezuela

            The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “Venezuela’s Crisis: Chavez, Maduro and Beyond,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 4) at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

            Stanford University Professor Harold Trinkunas, deputy director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will examine the apparently intractable political and economic crisis facing Venezuela, the role of the military in keeping the present government in power and how the Maduro regime has managed to hang on to power in the face of domestic and international pressures.

            The Los Altos Library is co-sponsor of the event. 

            To volunteer to help with programs and for more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New organizers resurrect Zim Run


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Ellen, center, and Bill Clark, right, thank Zim Run supporters during a Feb. 15 dinner.

Last year, not long after the 20th Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair had taken place, founders Bill and Ellen Clark of Los Altos figured the event had run its course and it was time to retire.

The Clarks are holding true to that intention. But the Zim Run, as it’s called, refuses to die.

Second dog park, off-leash input meetings scheduled Saturday

Los Altos’ quest for public input on fenced-in dog parks and off-leash hours continues Saturday when city staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission host two workshops.

The workshops are scheduled 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon in the Grant Park multipurpose room, 1575 Holt Ave.

McKelvey ballfields, flood basin set for dedication Saturday

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The McKelvey Park ballfields are scheduled for a Saturday grand opening. The fields also serve as a flood detention basin.

After years of planning and construction delays, it’s ready: a $30 million Little League baseball complex at McKelvey Park in Mountain View that doubles as a flood detention basin.

A grand opening is scheduled Saturday morning at the 4.5-acre site on Miramonte Avenue at Park Drive. The city of Mountain View and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, also known as Valley Water, the lead agency, are slated to host a ribbon-cutting event at 11 a.m., followed by a ceremonial first pitch and a Little League baseball game.

Library features 'Alpha Girls' author Friday

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage, Silicon Valley Reads 2020 celebrates the achievements of women with its theme “Women Making It Happen.”

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community engagement program presented by the Santa Clara County Library, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Jose Public Library. Program organizers select books that reflect a theme relevant to the region and ask residents to read, think, discuss and share their diverse perspectives.


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