Service league celebrates 5 years of giving back


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The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys recently completed its fifth year, donating 3,200 hours of volunteer work.

The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys (SLOBs) recently completed its fifth year of service to the community, devoting 3,200 hours of work.

With 175 boys attending 15 different middle and high schools, SLOBs is a philanthropic organization that initiates and promotes educational and charitable endeavors. The organization aims to foster community responsibility as well as strengthen the parent-son relationship.

Author sets series of mystery books in fictional town like Los Altos


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Many have tried to capture the essence of the Silicon Valley in movies, TV shows and books.

However, author and former Los Altos resident Mary Feliz said these stories focus on the lives of the Silicon sultans and not the majority of those living here – average Americans. Feliz has set her series of Maggie McDonald murder mystery books in Silicon Valley – specifically in and around Los Altos – but the characters are “ordinary people here or who are extraordinary in their own way,” she said.

July's First Friday special event in downtown Los Altos features patriotic theme

July’s First Friday and Club 55 are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue. If captured by the First Friday photographer, participants will win a prize. The photographer will be wearing a First Friday cap and carrying First Friday balloons.

Los Altos museum exhibition highlights landmarks

The Los Altos History Museum merges local history with the work of local artists in its upcoming exhibition, “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past,” on display Thursday through Oct. 7.

The exhibition’s title is an homage to the first “Paint the Town” in 1999, an effort led by Town Crier publishers Paul and Liz Nyberg that featured paintings created by local artists of the shops and businesses of downtown Los Altos.

Save the Date: Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival

July 14 and 15

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

July 25

Los Altos Rotary Veterans Plaza dedication, 4-5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Resource Center on the Foothill College campus, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Information: foundation.fhda.edu.

Rotary speaker: Music improves seniors' memories


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John Lehman speaks before members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos at their June 14 meeting.

Playing vintage music as memory therapy has yielded results in reviving the memories of cognitively impaired seniors, according to Senior New Ways Executive Director John Lehman, who spoke at the June 14 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Lehman, who also serves as director of operations for Televisit Inc., said he has tested 50 older adults over more than five years using music therapy and found the results “amazing,” with seniors who could not remember their own names stimulated to sing along with songs they had heard as teenagers 60 or 70 years ago. Many remembered the lyrics and even the entertainers’ names, he noted.


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