Community Briefs - week of Feb. 13

Senior tech event scheduled Feb. 23

Tech-savvy “digital ambassadors” will offer seniors free help with their electronic devices during Senior Tech Event IV, scheduled 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at The Highway Community, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Local seniors can bring their devices to learn such skills as how to write and receive emails, take and share photos, send text messages and use emojis.

LA Library hosts author for SV Reads


As part of the Silicon Valley Reads program, Gayle Greene, Ph.D., is scheduled to discuss her book “Missing Persons” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

“Missing Persons” is a memoir of Greene’s search for herself when she suddenly becomes the last living member of her family. A region undergoing unsettling changes from Santa Clara Valley to Silicon Valley forms the backdrop of her attempts to untangle her knotty family history, which intersects with growing gap between rich and poor.

Save the Date - Week of Feb. 13

April 7

Run for Zimbabwe Orphans & Fair, noon to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Information:

Comedian to perform in downtown Los Altos

Paul Ollinger Head Shot

Advertising executive-turned-comedian Paul Ollinger is stopping in downtown Los Altos for two shows Feb. 12 and 13 during a current North American tour. The second show is sold out, but tickets remain available for the Feb. 12 event, scheduled to start 7:45 p.m. at Los Altos Tasting Room, 366 Main St.

After 15 years selling digital advertising for Yahoo! and Facebook, Ollinger launched a career in comedy. His accomplishments include opening for top comics Dave Attell and Norm Macdonald, and appearances on "The Apprentice," "Red Eye" on Fox. Ollinger has authored his own book, "You Should Totally Get an MBA: A Comedian's Guide to Top U.S. Business Schools." He's also started his own podcast, "Crazy Money," in January.

Each guest will receive a tasting flight of Byington wines plus one glass of Byington wine, the comedy show, and one raffle ticket (must be present to win). Light bites are available for purchase. This event is $40 per person plus tax. Space is limited.

To register, visit For more on Ollinger, visit

New book chronicles Rotary Club's efforts to combat HIV/AIDS stigma

Author Marlene E. Cowan, past president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos, recently released her book “Stories Behind ‘The Los Altos Story’: Rotary Volunteers Confront HIV/AIDS.”

The Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Los Altos Story” chronicles the story of Dude Angius, whose son died of AIDS in 1989.

Los Altos brothers help Camp Fire victims

Courtesy of the Suppiah family
Alex and Nico Suppiah of Los Altos, pictured at left and right, have collected nearly 500 toys and books that they donated to fire victims in Paradise in December.

Collecting toys for children in need over the holidays has become a tradition for brothers Alex and Nico Suppiah of Los Altos. The teens gathered 100 toys in 2016 and 280 the next year.

In 2018, the Suppiahs outdid themselves, collecting nearly 500 toys and books they donated to victims of the Camp Fire in Paradise in December.

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