MVPD self-defense class proves a course in confidence

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Mountain View Police Department Sgt. Pete Beninger, at podium, reviews moves Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) students can use to defend themselves if threatened.

One woman mimed breaking my fingers. Another wrapped her arm around my neck. The only injuries I sustained during the Mountain View Police Department’s free Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) course Feb. 3, however, were self-inflicted: a knee bruised while righting myself after a practice tussle and a sore ankle I earned by kicking a punching bag like a soccer ball.

“It was tiring, but I’m glad I did it – I am,” I told my instructors when the daylong session concluded. “I can’t wait until my husband gets back. I’m going to show him my moves.”

Day workers share stories via museum quilt project

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The “Traveling Stitches” quilt exhibition features contributions from 140 dayworkers, who created quilt blocks as part of their English language-learning program.

The Los Altos History Museum and the Day Worker Center of Mountain View have joined forces to present the exhibition “Traveling Stitches: Quilts Made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View,” scheduled to open Thursday and run through April 29 at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

Naomi Zamir, a volunteer at the Day Worker Center, served as curator of the display.

Local Arts Roundup: Gallery 9, Viewpoints showcase new artists

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“Falls at Big Sur” is among the works of Carol Bower slated for display at Gallery 9 during the month of March.

Gallery 9

Woodturning artist Ken McCloud and several fine-art photographers have joined forces for the exhibition “The Wonders of Mother Nature,” which runs through Feb. 25 at Gallery 9.

McCloud, a Los Altos native, has received recognition in competitions, including first-place and “People’s Choice” awards.

Conservative firebrand Coulter to appear at Mountain View forum


Commentator and best-selling author Ann Coulter is scheduled to speak at the Liberty Forum of Silicon Valley 7 p.m. March 13 at IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View.

The presentation will mark Coulter’s first appearance in the Bay Area since she was forced to withdraw from an event at UC Berkeley last April after campus police said they could not guarantee her security.

AAUW commemorates anniversary of Roe v. Wade with Los Altos walk, program

Allyson Johnson/ Special to the Town Crier
Stanford physician Sophia Yen dicussed women’s health and safety issues during the Jan. 22 American Association of University Women program.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women marked the 45th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion with a program at the Los Altos Youth Center and a march along San Antonio Road Jan. 22.

The Raging Grannies, a singing group comprising women’s rights activists, kicked off the program by leading the audience of more than 50 people in a selection of songs with lyrics that skewered sexual harassment, pay inequity and abortion restrictions. The group sang their song “No Means No,” for example, to the tune of “Three Blind Mice.”

Los Altos Senior Program offers free tax assistance

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 16.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 22 years. IRS-certified volunteers meet with clients, review their tax forms and records, and prepare and electronically file both federal and California tax returns.

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