Getting the goods: Delivery services offer alternatives to in-store shopping

For seniors and others unable to make it to the grocery store, another option is available – delivery. Online giants such as Amazon and Google offer such services, as does grocery chain Safeway.

Following are some of the delivery services available in the area.

On the road again and again and again: Retirees offer tips for enjoying RV travel

Courtesy of the Blackburns
Retirees Jean and Gary Blackburn drove their motorhome to Alder Lake, Wash., in June to attend their granddaughter’s graduation.

Embracing the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote “Life is a journey, not a destination,” Gary and Jean Blackburn love to get in their motorhome and hit the open road.

“Once you get out of the city, it’s like a neverending, page-turning (issue) of National Geographic,” Gary said.

Senior Program Briefs

The Los Altos Senior Program is located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. 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.

Redwood Symphony honors LA musician

Margaret Elliott, 95, performs in the orchestra pit during a musical theater performance.

Redwood Symphony paid tribute to Margaret Elliott, longtime musician and Los Altos resident, at its Feb. 11 concert at Cañada College in Redwood City.

Before the concert began, Eric Kujawsky, Redwood Symphony’s founder and conductor, honored Elliott as an original orchestra member, performing with the ensemble since 1985. After playing viola with the orchestra for 31 years, she is retiring at age 95.

LACF highlights volunteer opportunities for seniors

Los Altos Community Foundation officials have challenged local seniors to volunteer.

The foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement, offers a number of volunteer opportunities suited for older adults with time on their hands and expertise to spare – and share.

Farewell poem proves solid as a ... Brick

Rites of passage take many forms. One of the more familiar is the fond farewell when a colleague moves on, leaving one post for another. These affairs usually consist of lubricated toasts and well-wishes; sometimes – like as not – the local poet tunes up.

So it was, some years ago in New York City, where my wife and I attended the Brick Church. The associate pastor was leaving, having been given a well-deserved assignment to head another, albeit smaller, church elsewhere in Manhattan.

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