Community Briefs - Week of May 29

World Affairs talk centers on oceans

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Sharing Our Oceans: How Virtual Reality Can Save Our Blue Planet” 7:30 p.m. June 5 at the Los Altos Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Erika Woolsey, a marine biologist, ocean educator and National Geographic Explorer, will discuss the work of The Hydrous, a nonprofit organization devoted to translating marine science into public understanding.

Confronting Domestic Violence : Oppression – When abusers inflict internal damage


This is the second in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

Reception spotlights rabbi's photos

Chabad of Greater South Bay has scheduled a reception to celebrate “Through the Eyes of a Rabbi,” an exhibition featuring the photographs of Rabbi Yosef Levin, 6-8 p.m. June 11 at the Palo Alto Bridge Club, 432 A Stierlin Road, Mountain View.

Levin is executive director of Chabad of Greater South Bay.

Found photos inspire local doctor to write book

Photos courtesy of Dr. Bob Alloo
Los Altos resident Dr. Bob Alloo, above, recently published his first book.

While Los Altos resident Dr. Bob Alloo was helping his mother move into an assisted living facility, he discovered a new opportunity buried in a worn-down box in his mom’s garage. He unpacked several sepia-toned Victorian-era photos with the name “John Gibson, WS” written on the back.

The name took him back to stories he was told as a child. John Gibson was his great-great-great-grandfather and the Edinburgh lawyer of the 19th-century poet and author Sir Walter Scott. Alloo’s family knew little of Gibson’s story, but Alloo committed himself to finding the missing link that connected his family to Scottish royalty.

Schola music director Wait takes his final bow Friday


After 30 years as music director for choral ensemble Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley, Gregory Wait is retiring. For his swan song, Wait will conduct “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms in a free concert scheduled 8 p.m. Friday at Stanford Memorial Church.

“Ein deutsches Requiem” translates to “A German Requiem,” but, according to Wait, Brahms would have preferred naming it “A Human Requiem.” Based on texts the composer chose from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible, the piece expresses Brahms’ own experiences of grief and consolation.

Friends' Books for Schools fund supports underserved schools

Books for Schools is a designated fund established by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos to pay for the books teachers purchase for their classrooms at its used-book sales.

The fund enables Friends of the Library to invite teachers from public K-8 schools to attend the sales and purchase books without having to pay for them out of their own pocket.

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