FAA report

FAA report "a start" in allaying noise onslaught

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Anti-noise advocates exchange informational door hangers to give to neighbors.

A federal report released last week identifies possible solutions to the aircraft noise plaguing South Bay communities.

The Federal Aviation...

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Almond community packs meals for those in need

Almond community packs meals for those in need

Courtesy of Polly Liu
Almond School families worked together last month to package more than 15,000 meals for the Stop Hunger Now organization. Approximately 85 volunteers, including students in grades K-6, packaged meals of rice, soy, vitamins and...

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Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at T...

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Blame it on Rio: No Shoes, Please

In 2008, I wrote a column explaining why I thought Beijing was an inappropriate venue for that year’s Summer Olympic Games. I cited health risks: the city’s terrible pollution and the country’s corrupt food supply chain. I also note...

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Special Sections

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Upscale modern: Los Altos Hills home honors DNA of originals

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Melissa and Nick French, right with son Grayson, pooled their talents to design their dream home. Melissa designed the living room sofa and table.

Melissa and Nick French took “do it yourself” to a new dimens...

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ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

ATHENA awards recognize local leadership

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View presented this year’s ATHENA Leadership Award to Maria Marroquin, left, and Leane Reelfs, right. The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award went to Diana Bautista, center.

Chamber ...

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Resident of Los Altos 
August 18, 1920 - May 11, 2016 

Ernie died peacefully at his home, just a few months short of his 96th birthday. 

Ernie had an amazing life, born in Germany he and his family fled the Nazi's soon after Kristal...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent

Courtesy of Eileen Eng
Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the perfo...

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Spiritual Life

Former St. Nicholas pastor shares his story as exorcist

The Rev. Gary Thomas served the Los Altos faith community as pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic Parish for several years before he announced in 2005 that San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath had assigned him to study in Rome, not unusual for U.S. priests...

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"A Year with Frog and Toad." Bus Barn Stage Company. Arnold Lobel's popular characters hop from the page to the stage in Robert and Willie Reale's musical. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through June 23; 7:30 p.m. today June 20; 3 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. June 17. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $22-$32. 941-0551;

"The Playboy of the Western World." John Millingon Synge's Irish comedy of blistering truths about family and society. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View. $10-$25. 254-1148;


Peninsulaires. The Palo Alto Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society presents its spring show, "The Balcony is Open," with Hi Fidelity and the Stanford Mendicants. 3 p.m. Sunday. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. $10-$25. 618-8600;

Ye Olde Towne Band. Summer concert series. 1:30-3:30 p.m. last Sunday of June, July, August and September at Shoup Park, University Avenue, Los Altos; and Sept. 9 at the Los Altos Community Picnic, Hillview Park. Free.

Hidden Villa's Father's Day Concert. The Banana Slug String Band conveys environmental messages as they blend music, theater, puppetry and audience participation. 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 17. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $10-$15. 949-8650;


Cheese Please! Learn to make mozzarella and chevre cheese and finish with treats to eat. Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. For ages 7 and up. $15. 949-8650;

Voices for Change. Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte's second annual reception honoring those who contribute to protecting reproductive freedom and privacy. Honorees include State Senator Joe Simitian, radio personality Karel and community leader Carol Mayer Marshall. 4-6 p.m. June 16 at a private home in Los Altos Hills. $50-$100. (408) 297-9255;

Sustainable Building Tour. Visit sustainable buildings with solar electric generation, rammed earth and straw-bale construction, recycled materials and more at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve. 3:30-5 p.m. June 24. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $10. 949-8650;


"Building an Immigration Service for the 21st Century." A Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council presentation by Jonathan Scharfen, Deputy Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. 7:30-9 p.m. June 19. Los Altos Public Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. (415) 293-4600;


Watercolors. Works by Community School of Music and Arts faculty and friends Karen Bieber, Jean Bradshaw, Steve Curl and Bob Currie. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through July 25. Mohr Gallery, CSMA at Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Reception: Friday. Free. 917-6800, ext 306;

Computer History Museum. Artifacts from the early days of computing displayed in three exhibits: "Visible Storage," "Innovation in the Valley" and "Mastering the Game: The History of Computer Chess." 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Free. 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. 810-1010;

Moffett Field Historical Society Museum. Displays memorabilia, artifacts, photos and aircraft models. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Building 126, Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View. Photo ID required for adults. Free. 964-4024.


Pacific Ballet Studio Company.New performing group for serious ballet students, advanced and intermediate levels, is forming in Mountain View. 969-4614.

El Camino Youth Symphony. For musicians 6-20 with at least a year of experience on an instrument. Must submit an audition application at or call 327-2611.


Mind-Body Fitness. Pam Walatka's yoga/Pilates/meditation class begins eight-week session 10:15 a.m. June 20 (no class July 4). Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers, 26379 Fremont Road. $105 residents, $115 nonresidents. Pre-registration required. 941-7222; www.

Morning Yoga by Moj. Meditation, breathing, asana (yoga postures), chanting and relaxation. 9:05 a.m. Mondays and Fridays. Dance Studio, Rancho Shopping Center, Los Altos. $11/$15. 492-0325;

Rainbow Chinese School. Program for non-Mandarin speaking children, 5 and up, to learn Mandarin phonics, listening and reading. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. 967-4246;

Dance. Movement, ballet, dance workouts and yoga for children and adults, directed by Leslie Friedman. Children's classes have begun; adults classes ongoing. Weekdays at the Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View. 969-4110.

Spiritual, grief and recovery retreats. For business people, married couples and young adults. Jesuit Retreat Center. 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. $210/weekend. 948-4491.

Video Acting. Two new 10-week, 20-hour workshops offered KMVT, community TV station in Mountain View. 968-1540;

Language classes. Learn/practice Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Russian and Spanish. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. $18-$118. 940-1333;

Working with Arthritis. Workshops for working-age adults with arthritis who want to take an active role in managing their arthritis. Participants discuss issues related to arthritis, hear how others handle similar issues, and construct a plan of action for managing arthritis. 6:30-8:30 p.m. first Tuesday of the month. Blake Wilbur Clinic, 900 Blake Wilbur Drive, Stanford University. Free; donations accepted. RSVP: 851-2781.

Jazzercise. 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays at Blach Intermediate School gym, 1120 Covington Road, Los Altos. 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grant Park School, 1575 Holt Ave. Los Altos. Childcare available for an additional fee. $38 month; $100 eight weeks. 948-6068.

Stanford International Dancers. 8 p.m. Fridays. Flex-It Aerobics Studio, 425 W. Evelyn Ave., Mountain View. $5, $6 on live music nights. 966-1775.

Jazz and beginning ballet. For adults and teens, New York-style jazz: 8-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; beginning ballet: 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays. Pacific Ballet Academy, 295-B Polaris Ave., Mountain View. 969-4614.

Free session based on the book "When Your Heart Speaks, Take Good Notes: The Healing Power of Writing." Led by author Susan Borkin, Los Altos-based psychotherapist and writing/creativity coach. (408) 973-7877.

Afterschool program. Chinese/Mandarin, English/math, music, art, sports and more. For students in grades K-8. Program staff members will pick up students from local schools. St. Timothy Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. 941-9885.

Jump-start Yoga. Total body conditioning. 6-6:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. 559-1950.

El Camino YMCA off-site aerobics. Low-impact classes. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Hillview Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays, Mountain View Sports Pavilion, 1185 Castro St. 969-9622.

Jacki's Strong Step. Step aerobics program by Jacki Sorensen offered by the Los Altos Recreation Department. All abilities welcome. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Hillview Community Center. 961-5411.

Parent-Child Gym, Swimming, Drama, Sports, Art, etc. YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula El Camino Branch, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View. 969-9622.


Find Out How Prayer Heals. Testimony meeting led by Mary B. Eddy. Noon to 1 p.m. June 13. Christian Science Reading Room, 60 Main St., Los Altos.

SPAUG PC Computer Group. Fred Pfost, pioneering Ampex inventor, speaks on development of the video tape recorder. 7:15 p.m. June 13. Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Black Sheep Handweaving Guild. 7 p.m. third Thursday of the month. Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. 854-7125;

American Association of University Women. Open to women with a college degree, AA through Ph.D. 948-4579;

Los Altos Kiwanis Club. Noon, Tuesday. Beausejour, 170 State St. Los Altos. 988-9900.

Los Altos Las Madres Playgroup. Playgroup for moms and babies born in 2006. Meet other new moms for weekly walks, park days and/or indoor play dates in and around Los Altos. Expectant moms, new dads and other caregivers welcome. 917-9914;

Sons in Retirement, Branch 35. Lunch and lectures. 11:30 a.m. third Wednesday of the month. Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 948-5442.

Glass and Decorative Arts Club. Noon, the fourth Monday of the month at Garden House, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. 967-8720; (408) 446-3767.

South Bay Community Orchestra. Musicians sought; all orchestral instrumentalists welcome. Full 60-member orchestra is sponsored by Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education. 493-3798.

Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos. 11 a.m. first Wednesday of month. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Lunch served at noon. 948-3553.

Assistance League of Los Altos. Nonprofit volunteer organization that develops, administers and funds service projects within the local communities. An autonomous chapter of the National Assistance League. 941-4625; 961-2310.

American Fuchsia Society, Santa Clara Valley. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m. first Tuesday of month. Hillview Community Center, Los Altos. Free. 322-8878.

American Legion Los Altos Post 558. Meetings 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays; luncheons noon, Fridays. 347 First St.

Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos. Supports scholarships for hearing-impaired students, El Camino Hospital Infant Hearing Screening Clinic, Community Services Agency and CHAC. Noon first and third Thursdays of each month. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View. 969-5860;

Los Altos Art Club. For artists and art lovers. 7 p.m. second Monday of the month. Hillview Community Center, Hal Brady Room, 97 Hillview Ave. Refreshments served. 968-7015.

Leads Club, Cupertino Coed Chapter. 7:30 a.m. today. Guild Room at St. Timothy's Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. 877-906-9528.

Daughters of the American Revolution, Los Altos Chapter. Holds workshops to help people trace their lineage. 965-8275 or 948-0760.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Volunteer organization of boating enthusiasts who perform community service, including boating education, voluntary vessel inspections and boating operations. Not involved in military or law enforcement activities. Ages 17 and up. 7 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Ave. 941-5466.

Mid-Peninsula Widows & Widowers Association. Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave. Los Altos. 961-0931.

Great Books Group. Interpretive discussion group focused on reading essays and excerpts of the great classics. 6-8 p.m. second Tuesday of the month. Los Altos Main Library. 961-7380.

Spinning Wheels Square Dance Club. Couples welcome. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Loyola School, Los Altos. 571-1970.

Camera Club of Los Altos. 7 p.m. third Thursday of the month. Los Altos Senior Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave. 969-3017

Peninsula Gem and Mineral Society. 8 p.m. fourth Wednesday of the month. Garden House, Shoup Park, Los Altos. 493-9301.

Los Altos Newcomers Club. Welcomes new residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills who want to become better acquainted with their new community and neighbors. 941-4505; 948-7780.

Los Altos Rotary Club. Service group. 12:15 p.m. Thursdays. Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave. 948-1455.

Syntillating Speakers Toastmasters Club. 5:30 p.m. first and third Wednesdays of the month at Roche Pharmaceuticals, Main Gallery, 3401 Hillview, Palo Alto. (408) 947-1525.

Spiritsong Kids. Singing and dancing group for children of all ages. Rehearsals 9:15 a.m. Sundays; concerts throughout year. Immanuel Lutheran Church of Los Altos, 1715 Grant Road. 967-4906.

Aglow Lighthouse in Mountain View. 9:45 a.m. to noon third Friday of the month at Presbyterian Church, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Room 103. 941-5090.

Electric Toasters. Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. today. Electric Power Research Institute, 3412 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto. 855-2270.

New Mothers and New Fathers Groups. Ongoing meetings at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View. 940-7202.

Los Altos Lodge No. 712 F. & A. M. 7:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Los Altos Masonic Hall, 146 Main St. 941-6615.

Weekly meditation practice group. Based on Jack Kornfield's book "A Path with Heart." 7 a.m. Tuesdays. Foothills Congregational Church, Los Altos. 969-3452.

Los Altos Sister Cities. Third Thursday of the month. 969-0136.

South Bay Storytellers. 7 p.m. second Sunday of the month. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. 494-1383; 917-1920.

Vasa Order of America, Lindbergh Lodge. Organization for experiencing the Swedish culture, open to people of Scandinavian descent and their families. 6:30 p.m. second Friday of each month; supper 7 p.m. American Legion Hall, 347 First St., Los Altos. 948-8018; 948-5559.

Soroptimist Club of Los Altos/Mountain View. Noon second, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Rickey's Hyatt, Palo Alto. 321-0622; 948-8110.

Mountain View Foothills International Training in Communication Club. 7 p.m. first and third Thursday of the month. Union Bank, El Camino Real, Palo Alto. 967-6466.

Baha'I Faith of Los Altos. Fireside talks. 8-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. 158 Coronado Ave., Los Altos. 948-0143.

Mountain View Women's Club. Community service organization. Monthly meetings. Masonic Temple, 890 Church St. 967-1390.

Technology and Society Committee. 11:45 a.m. alternate Tuesdays. Golden Wok, 895 Villa St., Mountain View. 969-7215 (after 6 p.m.).

Electronics Museum Amateur Radio Club. 7 p.m. fourth Friday of the month. Los Altos School District Board Room, 201 Covington Road. 941-2666.

Quota Club of Mountain View. Noon first and third Thursdays of the month. Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.. 967-2964.

Mountain View Talking Heads Toastmasters. Improve public speaking. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, 580 Castro St. 968-8378.

Optimist Club of Palo Alto-Mountain View. Luncheon meetings noon to 1:30 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month. Hyatt Rickey's, Palo Alto. 855-1847.


Cupertino Rotary Job Search Support Group. Open to the unemployed, employed, under-employed and career changers 18 or older. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. St. Cyprian Elementary School Conference Center, 1133 W. Washington Ave., Sunnyvale. (408) 735-0663; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Moving On. For those going through major life changes. Led by Diane Wilson, MFT, of Avenidas. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Los Altos United Methodist Church, Garden Room, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Cosponsored by Avenidas and Senior New Ways. $42. 289-5438;;

Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. Helps people begin a new way of life following the loss of a spouse. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Road. 948-8722; (408) 395-0750;

Amputee Support Group. A place to meet other amputees, gain support, hear guest speakers and have barbecues in the summer. Third Wednesday of each month. Cedar Crest Rehabilitation, 797 E. Fremont Ave, Sunnyvale. 968-7464; (408) 738-4880.

Ongoing Breast Cancer Support. Recovery, renewal and education for anyone who has completed breast cancer treatment and is focusing on continued physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. 5-6:30 p.m. second and fourth Mondays of the month. Free. 326-6686.

Cancer support. The Nia Technique, a wellness and fitness program that promotes healing through body awareness and dance-like movements. May bring family and friends. Part of Stanford Cancer Patient Services and Supportive Care programs 10:45 a.m. to noon today and Friday. Health Logic, 453 Sherman Ave., Palo Alto. Free. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Alzheimer's Association Portuguese/English Support Group. For families and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Share common experiences, give and receive support, and discover ways of coping and caring. 5:30-7 p.m. third Tuesday of the month. Alzheimer's Association, 2065 W. El Camino Real, Suite C, Mountain View. 962-8111.

Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Volunteers needed to mentor and speak up for abused and neglected children who have been placed in the foster-care system. (408) 416-0400.

Huntington's Disease Support Group. 7-8:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month. First Baptist Church, 305 N. California St., Palo Alto. 967-0679.

Career Action and Support Group. Resources for job seekers. 1-2:30 p.m., today. Fireside Room, Bethel Lutheran Church, Finch Ave., Cupertino. $5. 964-8370; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sexual Assault Survivors Counseling. Confidential group and individual counseling sessions for survivors of sexual assault. Women meet 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; men 6:30 p.m. Drop-in counseling: 2-5 p.m., Tuesdays. Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. $5. 494-0993, ext. 316.

Young Survivors Group. Weekly support for those 30-60 grieving the loss of a spouse. Facilitated by Sue Shaffer, Ed. D. MFT. 7-9 p.m. Mondays or Wednesdays. Sliding fees. 323-1535; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Divorce Care. Recovery seminar for people who have experienced or are experiencing divorce. 7:30-9 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in Los Altos. 947-0846.

Los Altos Al-Anon. Confidential and anonymous. 7:30 p.m. Sundays, United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Road; 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Lutheran Church, Cuesta and El Monte roads. (800) 344-2664.

Center for Healing and Wellness. Support for children who have a parent with a serious illness. 2235 Grant Road, Suite 6, Los Altos. 625-1987.

Breast Cancer Support Group. 7:30-9 p.m., second and fourth Tuesdays. Mid-Peninsula YWCA, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 988-6612.

La Leche League. International non-profit, non-sectarian organization providing information and support to women planning to breast feed. 873-6525.

Alcoholics Anonymous. Twenty-four hour help for those with drinking problems. Some meetings held in Los Altos. (408) 374-8511.

Surviving the Death of Our Child. Support group for bereaved couples. 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays. 900 Welsh Road, Suite 400, Palo Alto. $50/week. 948-8601.

Postpartum Emotional Support Group for Women. Supportive environment to discuss transition into motherhood, nurturing the nurturer and other women's post-partum issues. 766-9223.

Support Network for Battered Women. Provides services to battered women and their children, including safe shelter, bilingual counselors and a staff attorney to help with restraining orders. Drop-in support: 3-4:30 p.m. today; 6-8 p.m. Monday. The 24-hour crisis line: 940-7855. 200 Blossom Lane, Mountain View. 940-7850.

Support groups for those with heart problems, diabetes, seizures and arthritis. El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View. Free. 940-7202.

Personal Life Coaching. Weekdays and Saturday nights. $10. 948-1730.

Shoreline Chapter of Parents Without Partners. Open to any single parent. Introductions 5 p.m. Saturdays. (408) 275-9057.

South Bay Fibromyalgia Support Group. Sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. third Saturday of the month at El Camino Hospital, Park Pavilion Building, 2400 Grant Road, Mountain View.

Bay Area Alzheimer's Association. 7-9 p.m. third Monday of the month; 4-6 p.m. first Thursday of the month. Older Adult Resource Center, 2400 Hospital Drive, Mountain View. Free. (800) 660-1993.

Emotions Anonymous. Twelve-step program of recovery for those suffering from emotional problems 6-7 p.m. Mondays. St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View. 968-5637.

Workaholics Anonymous. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. First Presbyterian Church of Mountain View, 1667 Miramonte Ave., Room 103. 949-3216 (evenings).

Nicotine Anonymous. Members help each other quit smoking. Free. (408) 236-2196.

Personal Growth and Problem Solving. Divorce recovery for men and women, women working at home and dysfunctional families. 6-7:45 p.m. Mondays. 949-5673.

Men's support group. Men discuss and work on emotional issues such as work, relationships, family and finding renewed passion for life. Led by Brian Winkler, Ph.D. 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays. Los Altos/Mountain View area. 306-8188.

Women's group. A nurturing circle of women committed to ongoing psychological growth and healing. 6:30-8 p.m. today. Los Altos. 941-5581.

Touchstone Support Network. Support for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families. 6:30 p.m. first and third Mondays of the month. Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos. 328-4495.

Diabetics Anonymous. 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays. Spinal and Sports Care Center, 2290 El Camino Real, Suite 8, Mountain View. Free. (408) 749-0579 or 321-4783.

Kara of Palo Alto. Provides bereavement support for people with life-threatening illnesses and their families and those who recently lost a loved one. 321-5272.


Bay Area Adoption Services. Meeting explaining the process and costs of adopting through international adoption. 7:30 p.m. one Monday per month. Mountain View Business Center, 465 Fairchild Drive, Suite 215. (415) 499-8037.

That Place. Recreation program for high school students, offered through Mountain View Recreation Division. 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 903-6417.

Miramonte Veterinary Hospital and Catworks. Cats and kittens available for adoption on a continual basis. 962-8338.

Bay Area Breast Cancer Network. Non-profit grassroots organization with a hot line, support groups, speakers bureau, newsletter and educational forums. (408) 261-1425.

Center on Aging. Free assistance in processing senior's medical claims and selecting Medicare supplements, and completing Living Wills and Durable Power of Attorney forms for those of all ages. Weekday, evening and in-home appointments available. El Camino Hospital, Mountain View. 966-9222.

Master Gardeners. Organization answers gardening questions through its hot line (329-1356) 1-4 p.m. Fridays. Ailing plants may be brought to the Plant Clinic at Gamble Garden Center, 1431 Waverley St. Palo Alto, 9-11 a.m. second Saturday of the month.


Stanford Hospital's Partners in Caring. Volunteers needed to provide friendly visiting, transportation, shopping or meal assistance to homebound persons. Training held monthly. 725-4137; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stanford Hospital Auxiliary. Volunteers sought to work in the hospital gift shop. Training provided. 723-6636.

Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Seeks volunteers to speak up for abused and neglected children who have been placed in the foster-care system. (408) 573-5618; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. Downtown Los Altos. Proceeds go to cancer awareness, education and improving the comfort of cancer patients. 949-0505.

Assistance League Costume Bank. New volunteers sought for Los Altos shop. 941-2610.

Farm/Nature Guides. Needed at Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills, to introduce children to cows, sheep and other farm animals, explore the vegetable garden and hike in the wilderness area. Training provided. 949-8643;

Avenidas Senior Center. Needs help with administrative/reception duties, selling items in craft shop and drive seniors to doctor's appointments. 326-5362; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Services Agency. Help a few hours a week to drive frail seniors to medical appointments or take home-bound seniors grocery shopping. 964-4630.

Project YEA! (Youth Education Advocacy). Needs educational advocates to support county collaborative supporting educational needs of children in the juvenile justice system. Training provided. (408) 727-5775; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stanford University Auxiliary. Volunteers for 3-4 hours weekly in a variety of areas: the reception area of the intensive-care units, the emergency department, escort service, gift shop, surgical reception area and the auxiliary office. 723-6636.

Pathways Hospice. Seeks caring volunteers to help patients and their caregivers manage care at home. Volunteers provide companionship, practical help and emotional support at a crucial time. Training schedule: 947-4271.

Environmental Volunteer Docent. Teach kids to enjoy nature and learning. Next training class, on Marine Ecology, is 6:30-9 p.m., Tuesday. 961-0545;

City of Los Altos. Needs handy people to work in the Senior In-Home Repair Program performing minor home repairs. Telephone greeters at City Hall are also needed. Flexible hours and basic training provided. 948-1491, ext. 229.

Breast Cancer Action. Seeking volunteers to assist in events, task force, activist work and in office. (415) 243-9301.

Child Abuse Prevention Center. Needs volunteers to work four hours a week in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties. 327-8120.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Needs help with various programs. 497-8915.

Wildlife Rescue. Needs help in its Palo Alto shelter to provide care for sick, injured and orphaned wild birds and small mammals. Training provided. 494-7417.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. Needs a few more volunteers in Los Altos. 949-0505.

West Bay Opera Guild. Needs people to usher and/or serve refreshments at West Bay events. 494-7355.

El Camino Hospital Auxiliary. Needs people with cheerful attitudes and caring sensitivity. 940-7214.

Alzheimer's Association. Needs people to staff its help line, which provides free literature and assistance to the public. 962-8111.

Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve. Needs help around the farm. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 949-8655.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Outdoor educational leaders needed during the week to share nature with children at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. 691-1200.

Stanford Hospital's Hospice Program. Needs people to work with dying patients in their homes. 203-6586.

Environmental Volunteers. Needs nature guides to lead hikes and do classroom presentations. 961-0545.

Community Breast Health Project. Help needed for research and hot line. Four hours a week. 725-1788.

Center for Economic Conversion. Mountain View organization needs help with database, library management and administration. 968-8798.

Stanford University Medical Center Auxiliary. Seeks helpers of all ages. 723-6636.

Volunteer Exchange of Santa Clara County. Seeks tutors and teachers' aides. 965-2426.

Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped. Needs volunteers for classes 4-5 p.m., Mondays and/or Thursdays, in Los Altos Hills. 725-4754; 941-4808.

Clearinghouse. Needs teens to connect junior and senior high school students with nonprofit agencies. 941-0950, ext. 315.

City of Mountain View. Needs office assistants, translators and assistants at Deer Hollow Farm and docents at Rengstorff House. 903-6607.

Los Altos Flower Arranging Team. Seeks those interested in donating and arranging flowers for city offices and events. 948-1491.

Visit elderly Los Altos residents. People needed for weekly one-hour visits to lonely seniors. 329-0888.

Jesuit Retreat House of Los Altos. Needs office help on a regular basis. 917-4040.

Casa Say. Group home in Mountain View for teenage runaways seeks help with chores and supervision. (408) 253-3540.

English-in-Action. Seeks people to converse in English one hour a week with Stanford's international students, scholars, or spouses. 961-3539; 326-5252.

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