Santa Clara Valley Lives: LA American Legion marks 8 decades of service

Courtesy of American Legion Post 558
Los Altos American Legion Post 558 is officially named for Col. John J. Howard, a military hero who retired to Los Altos and died in 1929.

American Legion Post 558 in Los Altos goes back to the days before the city was incorporated. It was organized in fall 1938, as veterans began to ponder how to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The post was named for Col. John J. Howard (1866-1929), whom the Los Altos News called “the most illustrious military citizen Los Altos has ever had.” Col. Howard served in China during the Boxer Rebellion, was badly injured in the Philippine-American War and served as commander of Camp Upton during World War I. After the armistice, he and his wife retired to a house on Robleda Road.

Rotary recognizes Henning for 50 years of service

Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Dick Henning, second from right, is feted by Rotarians Marlene Cowan, from left, Allan Varni, Suzanne Small and Lina Broydo for his 50 years of community service. The retired Foothill College dean received a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali, a nod to Henning’s early days as a boxer. He won a boxing scholarship to San Jose State.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos honored Rotarian Dick Henning, founder of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, for his 50 years of outstanding community service in the club.

The Oct. 18 surprise party drew the anticipated response from Henning: “What a shock!”

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Illuminating exhibit begins at Montalvo

Bruce Munro at Montalvo

Los Altos resident Angela McConnell is excited about Sunday’s opening of the new Bruce Munro exhibition, “Stories in Light,” at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

McConnell, the center’s executive director, called new exhibition, “the most ambitious, impactful exhibition Montalvo has ever presented. … With anticipated attendance in the tens of thousands, we believe this show will elevate Montalvo to increased relevance and prestige in the national and international art scene.”

The center’s 175 acres of lawns, gardens, terraces and historic structures will be illuminated by 10 of Munro’s works of varying sizes, all based on the artist’s readings of C.S. Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia.”

In one notable example, Montalvo’s large “great lawn” is covered by a sea of “lily pads,” pictured at right, created from more than 4,000 illuminated stems in an installation called “Silver Sea” – named for Narnia’s freshwater ocean.

Montalvo will be the internationally acclaimed artist’s first public West Coast exhibition.

Tickets for the exhibit, running through March 17, 2019, are $15-$27, and must be reserved in advance for specific dates. For tickets, a full schedule and more information, visit or call the center at (408) 961-5858.

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