Duncan MacVicar: Positive-thinker devoted life to community service


Courtesy of Jeanne MacVicar 
Duncan MacVicar, pictured at left as a West Point cadet in the 1960s and at right recently, championed community volunteerism across a broad range of areas.

Duncan MacVicar lived a life full of joy and accomplishment, according to his family. The West Point graduate and business entrepreneur loved singing and enriched the lives of others through tireless community volunteering.

Mr. MacVicar died March 11 at his Los Altos home, surrounded by family. He had recently celebrated his 76th birthday. Mr. MacVicar had been battling a rare cancer the past three years.

Museum hosts virtual Story Circle

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations are finding creative ways to engage and interact with local residents.

As part of its mission to gather and present compelling stories, the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled an online Story Circle via the Zoom platform 4 p.m. April 16.

Midpen's digital photo contest underway

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s 11th annual digital photo contest is open for submissions through May 31.

Photographers of all abilities are encouraged to submit images taken in publicly accessible areas of Midpen’s preserves throughout the South Bay, Peninsula and San Mateo County coast.

Local forms cycling group to clean up streets


Courtesy of Rick Denman
Los Altos resident Rick Denman leads an effort to clean up local streets – on bicycle.

Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.”

Los Altos resident Rick Denman has taken that philosophy to another level. Noticing that people weren’t picking up after themselves along local roadways, he decided to do it himself.

Cal Water: Residents won't get coronavirus from tap water

People may contract the coronavirus through close human contact or not thoroughly washing their hands, but they won’t get it from drinking tap water.

Officials with California Water Service Co., which has a Los Altos office, assured customers last week their drinking water is safe.

Crisis leaves major Los Altos events in flux


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A scene from last year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, above, captures happier, more carefree times in the days before social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic. Such events in 2020 face postponement or even cancellation, as there is no clear timeline for when the shelter-in-place directive will end.

The expanding coronavirus crisis will likely mean continued cancellations or postponements of Los Altos events.

Three of the biggest of the year, the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park, the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Pet Parade and the Los Altos Village Association’s summer Arts & Wine Festival, all could be impacted.


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