BUILD BACK BELONGING ... For some people, the COVID-19 pandemic has served as a time of deep self-reflection, whether it's about ourselves, our family and friends, our community or the world. The Woman's Club of Palo Alto is giving locals a chance to connect and hear lessons learned at an in-person event on Wednesday, Nov. 3. The club has lined up five speakers for stories on how the community has changed over the past year. Using the Pecha Kucha format, each presenter will display 20 slides, with just 20 seconds to narrate each slide. "When I saw my first Pecha Kucha, my eyes were wide open the entire time. It was a real 'wow!' experience," said Sara Krumbein, who presented her idea to the club. The free event will be at the Woman's Club, 475 Homer Ave., where doors will open at 4:45 p.m. Anyone interested in attending must register at buytickets.at/thewomansclubofpaloalto/589731. They will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear their mask at the event.
PAY IT FORWARD ... To draw attention to the alarming number of veterans who die by suicide every day in the U.S., a Redwood City band of bikers made a donation to a local nonprofit's suicide prevention program. Last week, the American Legion Riders Chapter 105 joined forces with the Golden Gate HOGS group to present a $3,750 check to the Palo Alto VA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program. Post 105 Cmdr. George Smith said the 22-mile ride from the American Legion Post 105 to the Palo Alto VA had a great turnout, with 40 riders making the trek to deliver the check. "I really want to make sure that the veterans in the community know what's available to them," Smith said. "And that they've earned this. This is not something that is out of the goodness of our hearts. This is something that we earned, as a veteran. The help is there. All you have to do is ask, but you got to know to ask. And if we don't get the word out, they can't know." Palo Alto VA spokesperson Michael Hill-Jackson said the staff at the VA was honored to receive the donation. It was the first time that he remembered receiving a donation earmarked for the suicide prevention program, he said. "Donations like these are very important and can really help us to do more," Hill-Jackson said. Smith said the donation wasn't the first time the veterans' group raised money for suicide prevention and it will definitely not be the last. "We are going to be doing this every year and we'll get more people involved."