Santa Clara Valley Lives: New book of valley history features African-American contributions

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Sam McDonald worked at Stanford University for half a century and raised thousands of dollars for Stanford’s Home for Convalescent Children. 

Sam McDonald was born in Louisiana, the grandchild of slaves, and was 6 years old when his family moved to California in 1890. He left home at age 16 and as a young man worked for several years on a Sacramento River steamboat.

AARP Foundation offers tax help for seniors

The Los Altos Senior Program offers a complimentary tax-return preparation service Monday mornings through April 15.

The Tax-Aide program, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program, and Los Altos has hosted a Tax-Aide site for more than 23 years.

Museum hosts symposium on influential women of color

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a symposium, “Negotiating Boundaries: Women of Color in Northern California History,” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 2 at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

After the symposium, a closing reception is slated 4-5 p.m. at the Los Altos History Museum, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Peninsula Food Runners employs LA residents in quest to feed hungry

Peninsula Food Runners
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Liz Adriaenssens of Peninsula Food Runners delivers food to Los Altos United Methodist Church Friday.

Peninsula Food Runners, an organization that delivers surplus food to nonprofit groups that feed the hungry, has planted roots in Los Altos and hopes to aid Santa Clara County in efforts to reduce waste.

“People want food. People want substance,” said Maria Yap, PFR’s founder and executive director. “Why waste it? Why not give it to people in need? We’re willing to pick it up.”

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.

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