Three-legged dog leaves loving legacy on park community

Courtesy of Joyce Hsu
Her owner says Ruby, the three-legged German shepherd, will be missed by many Los Altos park-goers.

Have you ever passed by Lincoln Park and wondered about the brown three-legged German shepherd and her two human companions who always seemed to be standing at a 90-degree angle, helping her to walk and sniff trees? Well, that was our incredibly sweet and perseverant dog, Ruby. Ruby passed peacefully and still filled with joy Jan. 17 at the age of 16, in Los Altos, surrounded by her people who loved her.

Community Briefs - Week of March 13

Meeting spotlights House Sharing Program

An informational event for the House Sharing Program is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the Historic Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View.

The House Sharing Program, a joint effort from Catholic Charities and Santa Clara County, is a free service with the aim of helping local residents remain in the area and/or be closer to their work or family.

Morning Forum speaker documents year in Vietnam War with camera


Steven Burchik, veteran, author and photographer, shared his experiences in Vietnam in his presentation “Compass and a Camera: One Soldier’s View of the Vietnam War” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 19.

It was 1968. The Vietnam War was raging. Students on campuses all over the U.S. were raising questions about the war, and their demonstrations were in the daily news. Burchik, fresh out of college, decided to enter the U.S. Army.

Community Briefs - Week of March 6

Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Garden Club

The Los Altos History Museum commemorates the contributions of the Garden Club of Los Altos with its upcoming exhibition, “90 Years of Flowers: Celebrating the Garden Club of Los Altos,” scheduled to open Thursday and run through April 28 at the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

An opening reception is slated 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the J. Gilbert Smith House.

Cyclist fights cancer one road at a time

Courtesy of Spencer Phillips
Spencer Phillips plans to cycle across the United States this summer to raise money for young adults suffering from cancer.

The wind zips past Spencer Phillips’ ears as he makes his ascent along U.S. Highway 1 near his home in Santa Cruz. A blur of rhythm and rolling keeps him in a blissful trance as he cycles along the panoramic bay.

“You’re able to see the road in the world at a different viewpoint,” he said.

Music, munchies and discount merchandise highlight First Friday in March

Downtown Los Altos First Friday activities for March are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Activities will include live bands at various downtown locations, children’s activities at the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza (Main and State streets) and receptions at local art galleries.

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