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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Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
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.

Los Altos Rotary Club's Fine Art in the Park features new and returning artists

Image taken from the artists’ Website
The unique art of Scott and Naomi Schoenherr is scheduled for display at this year’s Fine Art in the Park May 18 and 19.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos is upping its game for the 44th annual Fine Art in the Park open-air art show with a wide array of new and returning artists.

The festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park along Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Fire at Notre-Dame recalls blaze at Mission Santa Clara

Courtesy of Department of Archives & Special Collections, Santa Clara University
A fire at Mission Santa Clara in October 1926 destroyed most of the 19th-century structure. It was rebuilt on its present site, a project completed in 1929. Mission Santa Clara was moved three times and rebuilt at least five times during its years as a colonial outpost. 


There aren’t a lot of really old buildings in California. This can make it a challenge for local residents to take in the impact of the fire that came close to burning down the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, which has been part of French life for nearly 900 years.

Los Altos Friends of Library's Books for Schools fund supports underserved

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books teachers purchase for their classrooms at its used-book sales.

The fund enables Friends of the Library to invite teachers from public K-8 schools to attend the sales and purchase books without having to pay for them out of their own pockets.

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