|Written by Los Altos Town Crier|
|Wednesday, 30 January 2013|
Cantabile Youth Singers host benefit arts gala
The Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley have scheduled an arts gala 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Stanford Faculty Club, 430 Lagunita Drive, Palo Alto.
The evening will honor Ge Wang, Cantabile’s 2013 Champion of the Arts. Festivities include cocktails, a live auction and a musical program.
Tickets are $125 per person. Proceeds benefit the education of Cantabile Youth Singers.
For tickets and more information, visit www.cantabile.org.
Library schedules ‘Hypnotize Yourself Slim’
The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation by hypnotist Eric Rosen, “Hypnotize Yourself Slim,” 7-8 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Rosen’s presentation will cover topics such as how to boost your mood without food, why diets fail and hypnosis works, and the power of your mind to direct your body. The event will include a group hypnosis session.
Admission is free and open to the public.
Federated Woman’s Club reviews home health care
The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Greg Hartwell to discuss home health-care services at its Feb. 6 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2970 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.
Hartwell is managing director and co-founder of Homecare California, a home-care aide organization certified by the California Association for Health Services at Home. He will discuss the services available through his local, family-owned home-care organization for caregivers in a private home and its affordability.
Admission is open, but reservations are required.
For reservations and more information, call Helen Foerster at 948-3553.
Dinner-dance benefit helps veterans
The second Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at Christ Episcopal Church is scheduled 6:15 p.m. Feb. 8 at the church, 1040 Border Road.
The evening will feature wine and appetizers at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner prepared by church members and dancing to live swing music by the Top Shelf Big Band.
The event will offer the public an opportunity to support local veterans and their families. Proceeds will benefit outreach programs at the Palo Alto VA hospital’s Polytrauma Unit and the Fisher Residence House, open to families whose loved ones are patients.
Tickets, $35, are available at the door.
The Los Altos Recreation Department is seeking input from Los Altos residents regarding present and future class and program offerings. The Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission and the Recreation Department are soliciting opinions from current participants as well as those who have never participated in city-run recreation programs.
Residents may comment on current offerings or suggest new programs in a brief online survey by visiting www.losaltosrecreation.org and clicking “Your input matters! Tell us!” Residents may also comment at tinyurl.com/LosAltosSurvey.
Printed surveys are available at the Los Altos Recreation Department office and the Senior Center, both located at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.
History Museum features
‘Bear in Mind’ display
The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.
According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, today seen only on the state flag.
The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or call 948-9427.
Bookmobile visits LAH
The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.
The Bookmobile offers materials to residents who face physical challenges in getting to a library or who don’t live near one. It is stocked with current materials for adults, teens and children, including fiction and nonfiction books in both regular and large print, DVDs, audio books, electronic games, music CDs and magazines. New selections are added daily.
The Bookmobile can be used as a regular pickup location for materials and accepts hold requests.
For more information, call the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.
solicits residents’ input
The Los Altos Environmental Commission is developing a Climate Action Plan and requests that residents participate in two surveys designed to analyze energy consumption and travel patterns.
The Residential Energy and Water Use Survey will assist the city in evaluating policies relating to energy and water conservation. The Resident Travel Patterns Survey will gather information on how residents travel.
To participate in the surveys, visit www.losaltosenvironment.org. Complete and return them by Tuesday.
SAy Hi helps local seniors
The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.
Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.
SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.
compiles resource binder
The Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Senior Commission has compiled a Resource Information Binder for seniors, their children and their caregivers.
Binders have six categories: Transportation, Education, Food and Meal Programs, Health Services, Housing and Social Participation.
Binders are available at the Los Altos Senior Center Travel Desk, 97 Hillview Ave.; Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road; the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, 321 University Ave.; the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road; the Woodland Branch library, 1975 Grant Road; and Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.
team up for classes
Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.
Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.
Discounts are available for senior courses.
To register or for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.
El Camino RoadRunners
The volunteer RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.
The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, a half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.
Volunteers drive hospital vehicles, and service requires no lifting or physical demands.
Orientation and training are provided, and volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the education department.
For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.
Westwind 4-H group
The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.
For more than 30 years, Westwind 4-H has offered weekly riding lessons 4-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday afternoons to children with physical handicaps.
No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.
For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.
PNG needs volunteers
to mentor local youth
Partners for New Generations, an outreach program that trains mentors, tutors and advocates to support local youth, is recruiting volunteers.
PNG provides tutors for local elementary, middle and high schools students; mentors at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista High Schools; and child advocates for wards of the Santa Clara County Child Dependency Court.
Volunteers are matched to the appropriate school or agency based on their interests, skills and schedules. The time commitment is flexible – some volunteers work one hour per week, others one hour per month or on a project-by-project basis.
The Rotary Clubs of Los Altos and Mountain View, the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos Town Crier and Mountain View Voice holiday funds support PNG’s efforts.
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