LACF director plans to retire after board finds successor


Joe Eyre, executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation, plans to retire after leading the organization for six years. He will remain in the role until the foundation’s board of directors conducts a search and selects a successor.

“It has been a great privilege to serve in this role at LACF, and I’m humbled by the local commitment to building a strong community,” Eyre said. “I’ve enjoyed connecting donors, fund owners, volunteers, nonprofits and other organizations to creatively address the issues in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.”

Los Altos Library spotlights summer reading

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Ron McGee of Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom, left, entertains an enthralled crowd July 3 at the Los Altos main library, including a brave young volunteer, right. The event was part of the library’s summer reading program.

Through its summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” the Santa Clara County Library District aims to put books in the spotlight and encourage more people to read.

“Whether it’s a good book or an engaging activity, kids and teens can go to the library to learn and have fun,” said Mike Wasserman, chairman of the district’s Joint Powers Authority Board. “Adults can also enjoy all the books, music, DVDs, programs and other services the library has to offer.”

Santa Clara Valley Lives: An apricot orchard serves as a sign of the times

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The Los Altos Heritage Orchard on San Antonio Road sports a new sign, erected at the end of June after a long, citizen-led effort. The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a formal dedication ceremony at the end of July.


The Los Altos Heritage Orchard finally has its sign. The tale of how it happened has elements of a quest and a treasure hunt.

LAH resident heads committee honoring Japanese immigrants' arrival in U.S.

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Dr. Gary Cleary, from left, Nobuko Saito Cleary and Chikamori Matsudaira, who is wearing attire from 150 years ago, celebrate in Gold Hill the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the U.S.

The American River Conservancy last month honored the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on U.S. soil, celebrating the U.S.-Japan relationship.

A group of colonists from Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan, arrived in Gold Hill in California’s Nevada County June 8, 1869, to start a tea and silk farm.

TheatreWorks SV relishes a Tony Award win

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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Chairwoman of the Board Judy Heyboer, from left, Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Executive Director Phil Santora accept the Regional Theatre Tony Award during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall June 9.

Thrilling. Overwhelming. Humbling.

That’s how Phil Santora described accepting TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Regional Theatre Tony Award alongside Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Chairwoman of the Board Judy Heyboer June 9 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Local events highlight family-friendly 'Fourth'

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Last year’s Los Altos Hills Fourth of July parade, above, draws a sizable crowd of residents.

Residents can celebrate Independence Day Thursday at a variety of local events.

• The city of Los Altos’ Recreation and Community Services has scheduled its annual Glorious Fourth picnic 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.


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