Fighting fraud: Guard your card

If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health-care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card.

Los Altos Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.

The Grant Park Senior Program is located at 1575 Holt Ave. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Local volunteer opportunities abound for Los Altos seniors

Seniors who choose to spend their free time volunteering not only help their community, but also themselves, according to Brandon Council, volunteer coordinator for the city of Los Altos.

A rose by any other name

Some years ago, I was invited to write a poem to celebrate the success of a Los Altos Library fund drive. I recited the resulting verse at a party held at the completion of the campaign. Later, one of the members of the solicitation committee described me as a “rhymester.”

I made the mistake of looking up the word: “a maker of trivial or inferior rhyme.” Really? The CEO of what was then perhaps the largest company in Silicon Valley approached me at the party and said, “You can quit your day job!” (Unforgettable words, in the circumstance.)

It's a bird! It's a plane!: Terraces at Los Altos teaches residents to fly drones

Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Gudrun Warrick, left, and Elizabeth Chang learn the art of flying a drone at The Terraces at Los Altos in December. The drone hovers and lands, top and above right.

Although you won’t see one flying around outside just yet, residents of The Terraces at Los Altos are learning the cutting-edge skill of flying drones.

How to create a 2018 bucket list

The new year is here, and by now you may have written down some resolutions. Maybe you’ve added 10 or 15 minutes to your walking or jogging regimen, decided to hit the gym several times a week or learn a new skill or language in 2018.

Whatever you hope to accomplish, the best kind of bucket lists are those that better educate you, make you healthier or improve a skill or talent. Bucket lists, like goals, challenge us to reach new limits and push us beyond our comfort zone.

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