Forum speaker reveals 'Secret History of the iPhone'


In 2017, an Apple employee walked into work and his colleagues burst into applause for something he had done many years before. Why the applause and why today?

Music to their ears: 5 years after crisis, Peninsula Symphony thrives again

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Peninsula Symphony, led by conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein, center, is celebrating its 70th season. The symphony’s offices are located in downtown Los Altos.

Five years ago, the venerable Peninsula Symphony was in deep financial trouble, its bank accounts drained by a corrupt executive director. Many seriously questioned whether the beloved ensemble could continue.

Five years later, the answer is a resounding yes. The Los Altos-based symphony, now in its 70th year, is not only surviving, but flourishing both artistically and financially. In fact, thanks to two major benefactors, the 90-member symphony has more money in the bank now than it did prior to Steve Carlton’s well-publicized misdeeds.

Survivor of massive stroke shares story of recovery


The survivor of a massive stroke in 2000 shared his story of recovery with members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 28, praising the quick treatment he received at a Certified Stroke Center – not just “a good hospital” – as key to his survival.

In the aftermath of his stroke, Chuck Toeniskoetter helped create the Stroke Awareness Foundation’s mobile app in San Jose to save other victims. The app details the signs of a stroke, calls 911 for help, shows locations of the closest Certified Stroke Centers and texts three people identified by the phone owner of a stroke in progress – all quick, lifesaving measures.

Rancho Day set for Saturday at museum

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a free Rancho Day event, where families can experience some of the daily activities it took to run a ranch during the Mexican California period, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on the museum’s grounds, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Rancho Day supports the museum’s bilingual exhibition “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” which runs through March 31.

At the Library - Week of March 13

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, visit

• 4-5 p.m. first and third Mondays: A knit and crochet circle serves all skill levels.

Save the Date - Week of March 13

April 7

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

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