|Written by Los Altos Town Crier|
|Wednesday, 20 February 2013|
LA Forward schedules ‘Conversation’ today
Los Altos Forward, a nonprofit organization that promotes downtown vibrancy, invites local residents to a “Community Conversation” 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at 242 State St.
Participants will review “Community Visioning and Planning Processes: Lesson from San Bruno,” a document that details how San Bruno successfully engaged its community in a downtown visioning and planning process that resulted in sustainable economic growth.
Aaron Aknin, Palo Alto assistant director of planning and community environment and former San Bruno community development director, will discuss the process.
Admission is free.
For more information, visit www.losaltosforward.org.
LWV sponsors meeting with elected officials
The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled “Meet Your Elected Officials” 1-3 p.m. March 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.
The informal reception allows residents to talk directly with local officeholders serving in the state Assembly and Senate and on city councils and school boards.
Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments and suggestions.
Elected officials have been invited from the state Assembly and Senate; the Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View city councils; the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 5; the El Camino Hospital District; the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District; and school and water districts serving the three communities.
For reservations, visit myelectedofficials.eventbrite.com.
For more information, visit www.lwvlamv.org.
CSMA gala honors LAH residents
The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual gala 5 p.m. March 16 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.
The gala, which will feature a “Mardi Gras” theme, will honor Los Altos Hills residents Robert and Sue Larson, CSMA supporters since 1993. Sue served on the CSMA board of directors for 12 years, including a stint as chairwoman, as well as in a variety of other volunteer positions.
Tickets are $275.
For tickets and more information, visit www.arts4all.org/gala/index.htm.
East West Bookstore hosts author Temes
Ivan Temes, author of “Care: Bringing Joy to Your Life and Work,” is scheduled to discuss his book 7:30 p.m. March 13 at the East West Bookstore, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.
A career coach and customer service director to thousands of organizations, Temes will share the common-sense tools and wisdom he acquired through his work building service teams worldwide for companies like Apple Inc. and Levi Strauss & Co.
Admission is free, but reservations are requested.
To reserve a space and for more information, call 988-9800 or visit www.eastwest.com.
Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display
The Los Altos History Museum features “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” 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.
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 stops in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 2-3 p.m. every other Friday.
For more information, call the 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.
Los Altos Legacies assists
seniors and their causes
Community members of all ages who are interested in seniors and their issues are encouraged to join Los Altos Legacies, a group of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults.
The group’s primary goal is to support and manage legacy funds (bequests) and donations that enhance the services of the Los Altos Senior Center and related senior programs. Legacies also provides ongoing influence, advocacy and active guidance to senior-based initiatives.
Board of directors’ meetings are scheduled 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Room 12 of Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
For more information, call 949-5908, ext. 8#.
new members to join
Assisteens, an organization comprising approximately 25 young women who attend local junior high and high schools, is open to new members.
The all-volunteer group raises money for projects that assist individuals and families in Santa Clara County through community service projects.
Regular meetings are scheduled 2-4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month September through May at the Chapter House at the Costume Bank, 169 State St., Los Altos.
Assisteens service projects include the Jewelry Extravaganza event, assembling “We Care” toiletry bags for
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