Pet of the Week, May 8

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Chihuahua Smidge is available for adoption through Pets In Need.

Smidge is a 3-year-old female Chihuahua available for adoption through Pets In Need. Although Smidge weighs in at just 5 pounds, she possesses the charm and personality of a much larger dog, and she’s become the de facto lobby mascot of the Palo Alto shelter, according to Pets In Need reps. A loyal and adventurous companion, she enjoys walks and excels on a harness.

For more information on Smidge and other animals available for adoption, call Pets In Need at 496-5971, visit or stop by the facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.  

Forbes publisher spotlights ‘Late Bloomers’

Longtime Forbes magazine publisher and Los Altos resident Rich Karlgaard is scheduled to discuss his latest book, “Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 14) at Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 

Community Briefs – Week of May 8

SIR lunch features talk on medical marijuana

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Tim Byars, “Medical Uses of Marijuana,” 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball and investments.

Rotary speaker describes panic in 1975 Vietnam,'Operation Babylift'


In 1975, frantic residents of South Vietnam sought to flee their country, under imminent takeover by North Vietnam. Thousands rushed to escape on boats, airplanes and helicopters. U.S. President Gerald Ford activated “Operation Babylift” to save as many orphaned South Vietnamese infants as possible.

In his historical novel “Struggle to Survive,” U.S. Marine Capt. William T. Yaley chronicles the panic that ensued as the South Vietnamese attempted to save themselves from capture and probable death. He described the scene to members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos at their April 25 meeting.

Los Altos resident honored as 'hero' for her commitment to foster kids

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Karen Scussel, left, reunites with her first foster child, Deborah Rutledge, who now serves in the U.S. Air Force.

Karen Scussel doesn’t have children of her own, but the unassuming business executive is a “mom” in the eyes of her foster kids.

Offering an empathetic and nonjudgmental approach, the Los Altos resident has forged strong relationships with 17 Santa Clara County foster children over her 18 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) under the nonprofit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. With Scussel as the organization’s executive director the past seven years, Child Advocates has grown and connected more CASAs with kids in need of an adult friend.

Tech pioneer discusses women and computers


Nomi Guillén Trapnell, a retired Hewlett-Packard executive, is scheduled to discuss “Women and Computers: Then and Now” 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Ave.

Trapnell’s presentation will review innovative technologies that advanced computing, as well as the women who played key roles. As one of the few early female computer visionaries, she will address the declining numbers of women in technology today and offer suggestions for attracting more women to computer science programs.

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