Lean In Leader To Appear On June 10

Posted on May 29, 2015 by  
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Myra NawabiMyra Nawabi, the leader of the Bay Area’s largest Lean In Circle, is scheduled to speak 5:30 p.m. June 10 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Facebook Inc. COO Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” (Knopf, 2013), inspired Lean In Circles, where women – and some men – gather regularly to encourage each other’s ambitions. The book focuses on changing the conversation from what women can’t do to what women can do. Lean In Circles aim to take the next step, on the premise that if women talk openly about the challenges they face and work together, they can change the trajectory of women in the workplace.

“Women are asking for more and stepping outside their comfort zones, and men and women are talking openly about gender issues for the first time,” Nawabi said.

Nawabi founded the Palo Alto Lean In Circle, which has more than 300 members. A senior program manager at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center, Nawabi said the Circle helped her successfully negotiate a larger salary and a better job title.

Nawabi’s presentation complements the museum’s recent exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” which highlighted the contributions of several women innovators and risk takers.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register and for more information, call Grace Perry at 948-9427, ext. 14, or email gperry@losaltoshistory.org.


Upcoming Annual Events For Everyone

Posted on May 28, 2015 by  
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Art & Wine Festival

The end of the school year brings a lull to the hustle and bustle of daily life for parents and students alike as they have more time on their hands. What better way to spend it than outdoors. Los Altos offers a wide variety of family-friendly events, some of which are long-standing traditions.

Los Altos Farmers’ Market

4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 7 through Sept. 24

State Street, between Second and Fourth streets

Local farmers offer fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers. A host of vendors sell a variety of specialty foods, including cheeses and dairy products, meats, breads and baked goods. The weekly events feature family-friendly entertainment and food trucks. For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/fm.html.

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Past Meets Present In Los Altos Home

Posted on May 27, 2015 by  
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Dauer’s Los Altos homeThe past and the present meld in the Cotswold-style home of Stephanie and Chris Dauer on University Avenue in Los Altos. It looks as if it were lifted from a Beatrix Potter storybook because of its ivy-covered chimney and whimsical wavy cedar-shingle roof.

However, behind this cottage like facade is a spacious, light-filled home that combines early-20th-century details with 21st-century amenities.

The house was built circa 1931 and most likely had two bedrooms. Access to the kitchen was via the living room and dining room. Today, a slate foyer welcomes visitors and provides views of the courtyard through floor-to-ceiling divided-light windows.

Extensively remodeled in 1995, the house now features 3,300 square feet of living space on two levels. The Dauers purchased the house three years ago to be closer to Chris’s job at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. It was love at first sight for Stephanie, who was resigned to living in a ranch home.  “This has the character of an older house but with modern features,” she said.

Their first order of business was to replace the random-pattern roof in front. They also updated the kitchen and the lighting.

The living room, original to the house, has a high coved ceiling with exposed hand-hewn beams, parquet wood flooring and a Rumford fireplace with classic mantelpiece. Recessed display shelves are built in on either side of the room’s entrance.

Opposite the dining room, French doors open to a brick-paved loggia, garden and pool. The loggia is the family’s favorite place to eat dinner.  The kitchen and adjoining family room are just down the hall from the loggia. They’re unified by a wood paneled ceiling that rises to a center peak.

The Dauers updated the kitchen, replacing countertops, appliances and lighting fixtures. What once was all white is now warmed up with earth-toned granite on the island, creamy Caesarstone counters and handmade ceramic-tile backsplashes. The base of the island is painted a sage color.

Divided-light windows wrap the family room, which boasts an elevated fireplace with a slate hearth. They added a banquette to a corner of the room for casual dining. Stephanie refinished the banquette’s round oak dining table.

In addition to the office, there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs. The master suite – with skylights, coved ceiling with exposed beams, en suite marble bath, dressing area and built-in closets and dressers – occupies the entire upper level. There’s only one problem: The closets and drawers are unusual in size because they’re tucked under the eaves of that undulating Cotswold roof.


Friends Raise Funds For Halsey House

Posted on May 24, 2015 by  
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Halsey HouseThe Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee has raised more than $25,000 to fund an evaluation of the feasibility and cost to renovate the dilapidated city-owned Halsey House in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.

The committee, formed last August, hosted an information session in mid-February to update residents on the status of the historic landmark, which it hopes to remodel for city recreation programs and community use. The program included an appearance by Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaughter of Theodore and Emma Halsey, who built the house in 1923 and planted redwood trees on the property. Attendees walked through Redwood Grove, now a city of Los Altos park located at 482 University Ave.

“The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee is grateful for the support of the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills communities,” said Val Carpenter, committee chairwoman and former mayor of Los Altos.

According to Carpenter, the Halsey House is the only city-owned historic building yet to be renovated – the J. Gilbert Smith History House, the Neutra House and the San Antonio Club have all undergone upgrades.

The city purchased the land in 1974 and repurposed Halsey House as a nature center. It was closed several years ago for health and safety reasons. The Los Altos City Council adopted a capital improvement project (CIP) to compare cost and benefits of renovating the existing building versus replacing it with another facility. Funding for the project was contingent on securing community contributions.

With funding in hand, the city selected M. Sandoval Architects Inc. to perform the evaluation.

The committee is accepting donations for the next phase of the Halsey House renovation. To donate and for more information, visit friendsofhistoricredwoodgrove.org.


Rotary Club Helps With Nepal Relief

Posted on May 22, 2015 by  
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Rotary Relief - NepalThe Rotary Club of Los Altos’ World Community Service Committee has launched a fundraising campaign to help with relief efforts in Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that hit the nation April 25.

Funds raised will support the Sunrise Rotary Club in Kathmandu and the nongovernmental organizations Save the Children and ShelterBox.

To kick off its efforts, the Rotary Club of Los Altos is transferring $5,000 in cash from its World Community Service fund to the Kathmandu Sunrise Rotary Club for emergency food, shelter and water.

Los Altos Rotarians have focused on Nepal as a service project area since 2002, participating in 18 projects. The projects addressed rural village economic development, clean water and sanitation using sustainable technologies such as solar cooking and lighting, solar drying of fruit and mushrooms for sale and the use of stoves that burn little wood. Examples of the projects were on display at the Fine Art in the Park show at Lincoln Park May 16 and 17.

“These Kathmandu Sunrise Rotarians have proven themselves as motivated, reliable responsible and – importantly in the Third World – honest partners,” said Los Altos Rotarian Allart Ligtenberg. “We have total trust and confidence in them and their commitment to do the right thing.”

A retired engineer, Ligtenberg spent each fall in Nepal independently setting up and overseeing projects before joining Rotary in 2002. He has volunteered in Nepal since 1992 to improve the lives of poor villagers through solar and sustainable technologies.

Kathmandu Sunrise Rotarians have begun surveying the damage in rural villages, designing pit latrines and delivering safe water, food and tents. They plan to expand their survey to more remote villages as conditions allow.

Save the Children, which focuses on children’s health and welfare, has partnered with the United Nations and the World Health Organization on many of its projects and operates clinics throughout the Third World. Save the Children sponsored numerous clinics in Nepal prior to last month’s earthquake and is importing additional staff and supplies to expand its efforts.

ShelterBox has staff members on the ground in Nepal and will fly in more to organize the receipt of ShelterBox kits, which contain tents to house displaced families.

For more information, visit losaltosrotary.org.


Schools Earn Gold Ribbon Status

Blach Intermediate School - Los AltosLos Altos High, Mountain View High and Blach Intermediate schools recently earned designation as California Gold Ribbon Schools.

Out of more than 2,600 middle and high schools statewide, the program selected 373 schools for the award. The Gold Ribbon Schools Program honors outstanding public schools that demonstrate exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority areas.

“These schools are academically successful, vibrant and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” said State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right – embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching and creating a positive school climate. … This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work and vision of your school’s educational community.”

Data-driven instruction

The program recognized Blach for its Technology Infused Advanced Math Classes, designed to cover five years of Common Core math in three years.

“Our program stands out because of its emphasis on using technology and data-driven instruction,” the school’s application for the award stated. “This class does not look anything like the typical math class seen at middle and high schools.”

During class, Blach students work collaboratively on math concepts, problem-solving activities, writing prompts and calculations, all with an emphasis on the standards of mathematical practices. Students have access to either iPads or Chromebooks, and the teacher uses apps and online tools for individualization, practice, showing evidence of thinking, problem solving and note taking.

“Kids are highly engaged and committed to this intense level of math,” said Principal Sandra McGonagle in an email to the Town Crier. “We are very excited for this recognition.”

Laptop learning

Los Altos High was recognized for its Learning in the Cloud program, which gives students a one-to-one experience with learning via laptops.

“Launching a true one-to-one digital device program put Los Altos High on the leading edge of classroom use of digital technology,” said Galen Rosenberg, Los Altos High assistant principal. “We are confident that our students are experiencing the benefits of this technology as a learning tool. We are gathering data that will help us implement strategies that will make cloud learning and digital devices an even more effective part of our students’ classroom experience.”

Equal opportunity

The program honored Mountain View High for its Equal Opportunity Schools program, which identifies and supports first-generation students taking rigorous academic course loads. The number of courses taken has doubled in the past year.

“We have been working toward the goal of equal participation at Mountain View for so long and have witnessed the positive impact it has on all students – everyone on the campus has had a hand in realizing this vision,” said Paige Price, English teacher at Mountain View High.

Price said that to have reached such a benchmark and have it recognized at that level is “tremendously gratifying.” “It provides fuel for the hard work ahead to ensure that equal participation results in equal success,” she added.

An awards ceremony is scheduled May 29 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. For a complete list of Gold Ribbon Schools, visit cde.ca.gov and scroll down under “What’s New.”


Art In The Park & Music, Too

Posted on May 15, 2015 by  
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Georgi and the Rough WeekThe Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 40th annual Fine Art in the Park show – scheduled Saturday and Sunday in Lincoln Park – features a varied lineup of local talent.

Six live bands are slated to perform 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days at the bandstand.

Saturday’s performers:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: The Los Altos High School Jazz Band. Under the musical direction of Ted Ferrucci, the group will play music in the style of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

• 1-3 p.m.: Charged Particles. The classically trained jazz group features Murray Low on keyboards, Aaron Germain on acoustic and electric bass and Jon Kronick on drums. Low’s name is listed on the wall of the world’s most significant jazz artists at the SFJAZZ Center.

• 3-5 p.m.: The Jazz ConneXion. The trio plays jazz, standards, bop and blues. Guitarist Mike Schwartz, bassist Bill Hocket and saxophonist/vocalist John Sylvester perform bossa nova numbers and tunes from the Great American Songbook.

Sunday’s performers:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Michael Nevin. A veteran of the folk scene, the guitarist has logged 20 years of concerts all over the U.S. He is a six-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters’ Song of the Year.

• 1-3 p.m.: Georgi and the Rough Week. The blues band features Georgi Sneckner-Longboya singing lead and her husband, Roland Longboya, playing guitar. The vocal stylings of Sneckner-Longboya may remind listeners of Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner.

• 3-5 p.m.: Soda Springs Jug Band. The host band at the San Francisco Jug Band Festival, Soda Springs’ repertoire spans delta blues, field and work songs, ragtime Tin Pan Alley favorites, rock and rockabilly.

In addition to the selection of fine art available for purchase, tickets for the “Surf and Turf” raffle will be available, with prizes including a trip to Hawaii, a GoPro camera and San Francisco 49ers VIP tickets.

Winners of the Rotary Club’s “Young at Art” contest will be on display in the Lincoln Park gazebo. The event will feature face painting for children, Boy Scouts serving food and beverages, and opportunities to interact with local civic leaders.

A free shuttle service will run to and from Los Altos High School at 201 Almond Ave. and Los Altos Hills Town Hall at 26379 W. Fremont Road.

For more information, visit rotaryartshow.com.


Kiwanis Pet Parade This Saturday

Posted on May 13, 2015 by  
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Kiwanis Pet ParadeThe Kiwanis Club of Los Altos is scheduled to host the 68th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Los Altos.

The event showcases a variety of pets marching or being toted down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners.

Monique Kane, executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council, will serve as this year’s grand marshal. After 29 years with the agency, Kane recently announced her retirement.

The first Pet Parade took place in 1947, five years before the city of Los Altos was incorporated. Over the years, it has become a spring tradition that attracts thousands of children and a range of pets – from cats and dogs to snails and llamas – on foot, on horseback, in wagons and on bicycles.

Representatives from local bands, schools and community groups join the procession.

Local dignitaries in classic cars accompany the marchers. This year’s guests will include Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper, Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan, Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis, Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier and Board of Trustees President Steve Taglio and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves and Board of Trustees President Susan Sweeley.


Move-in Ready Mountain View Townhouse

Posted on May 13, 2015 by  
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2047 Montecito Ave #25

2047 Montecito Avenue, #25, Mountain View 94043
Listed at $700,000 / Sold at $840,000
2 Beds / 1.5 Baths / Home: 1,000 sqft / Lot Size: 2,440 sqft +/-
Represented: Buyer


Los Altos Physician Assists in Nepal

Posted on May 6, 2015 by  
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Paul AuerbachLongtime Los Altos resident Paul Auerbach, M.D., received a phone call the night of April 25 alerting him to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. The next day, the emergency medicine physician from the Stanford University School of Medicine and member of the International Medical Corps was on his way to Kathmandu.

Auerbach, who traveled to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, wasn’t able to land in Kathmandu immediately, as the airport’s single runway was crowded with planes shipping supplies to the devastated area.

The commercial flight, filled with first responders, including a Japanese search-and-rescue team, and a number of Nepalese residents returning home, was diverted to India and eventually landed in Bangkok. Auerbach finally arrived in Nepal April 26, the following morning California time, according to his wife, Sherrie Auerbach.

In addition to dispatching its chief of emergency medicine, Stanford plans to send more help, Auerbach wrote on his April 28 blog.

“The local medical community has responded aggressively to this situation, and the health professionals have been working around the clock to tend to patients,” he wrote. “The overall community led by volunteers is assessing its capabilities to support shelter, hygiene, provision of safe water and food and integration of its capabilities with those that are coming in relief.”

The physician has been to Nepal before, including trekking to the Mount Everest Base Camp.

“It was very sad to see the collapse of buildings – indeed large portions of certain neighborhoods – as well as ancient temples and iconic structures,” he writes in his blog.

Auerbach took note of the many residents sheltering in tents, with hail and an intense rainstorm prompting street flooding and foreshadowing the risk of diseases, like cholera, because of the earthquake-damaged infrastructure services. His wife expects his work to include setting up clinics and other medical facilities to help the injured, in addition to working alongside other emergency doctors.

To read Auerbach’s blog, visit scopeblog.stanford.edu.

To donate to Nepal disaster relief, visit globalhealth.stanford.edu.


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