World Affairs meeting focuses on Turkey

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled diplomat Scott Kilner to discuss “Turkey’s Future Under Erdogan” 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Kilner, former U.S. State Department Consul General to Istanbul, will share his insight on what lies ahead for Turkey in the aftermath of the country’s 2017 constitutional referendum and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly strong grip on power.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Robert Louis Stevenson's celebrated Christmas in CA

Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries
Robert Louis Stevenson in a photograph taken in Boston.

Christmas 1879 should have been happy for author Robert Louis Stevenson, who had come to California from Scotland in August, pursuing a woman he loved named Fanny Osbourne.

New Year's Day run, walk slated

The city of Los Altos has scheduled the return of its “Star Wars”-themed New Year’s Day Fun Run in downtown Los Altos.

The 2019 “Rogue Run: Episode II,” a casual 3.1-mile run, is set for a 9 a.m. Tuesday start at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Morning Forum talk highlights SS Athenia, first naval victim of World War II


Journalist and author Thomas Sanger told the compelling story of the World War II torpedoing and sinking of the British passenger ship SS Athenia in his Nov. 20 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Athenia Story: The Forgotten Tale of a Passenger Ship Torpedoed on the First Day of WWII.”

The Athenia was the first ship attacked in World War II. Sanger was inspired by the ship’s story, as his grandmother, Rhoda Thomas, was a passenger and a survivor. She wrote 14 letters about her experience and then stashed them away. Finding the letters after she died prompted Sanger to write about the ordeal. His book “Without Warning” is a fictionalized account of the sinking and of the heroism of the crew, especially Chief Officer Barnet Copland.

Two new directors prepare to join Midpeninsula Open Space board

Two new directors are set to join the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors.

The board unanimously approved Moss Beach resident Zoe Kersteen-Tucker to fill an open board seat at its public meeting Nov. 27.

At the Library - Week of Dec. 19

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

• 6:30-8:30 p.m. today: A winter paper-crafting activity is scheduled, part of the library’s Crafts After Dark Adult/Teen Craft Program. The event is free, no registration is required and supplies will be provided.

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