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News

LA council votes to delay community center update

LA council votes to delay community center update


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council voted to delay adoption of a community center conceptual design plan last week. The plan includes elements from a design charette held earlier this fall, left.

The Los Altos City Council last...

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Schools

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms

Scientists bring experiments into MV classrooms


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
During a Science is Learning geology lesson, Theuerkauf Elementary School students learn about igneous rocks by observing how sugar changes form when heated.

Hundreds of local elementary students perform experiments w...

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Community

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'

Local actors star in PYT's 'Oklahoma!'


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
PYT’s “Oklahoma!” features, from left, David Peters of Mountain View, Jenna Levere of Los Altos and Kai Wessel of Mountain View.

Time is running out to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Oklahoma!”...

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Sports

Eagles advance

Eagles advance


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High’s Carmen Annevelink, left, and Kristen Liu put up a block against Mountain View. Annevelink totaled 20 kills.

Mountain View High’s out-of-the-gate energy could last for only so long against rival and he...

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Comment

Coping with addictions: Haugh About That?

Preparing to deal with my lifelong addiction, I stood in front of the mirror ready to confess the shame I’d been hiding. The first step to healing, I reminded myself, is to admit something is wrong.

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Special Sections

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Fede...

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Business

State Street science center closing Nov. 30

State Street science center closing Nov. 30


Ellie Van Houtte/
Helix at 316 State St. is closing after the completion of a one-year grant from Passerelle Investment Co. The science center became a popular destination because of its various exhibits. Town Crier

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Books

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree

Children's author signs books at Linden Tree


Author Tiffany Papageorge is scheduled to sign copies of new her book 11 a.m. Dec. 6 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Papageorge’s “My Yellow Balloon” (Minoan Moon, 2014) is a Mom’s Choice “Gold” winner. In the book, the Los Gat...

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People

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

JAMES WINDELL SMITH

January 11, 1939 – November 6, 2014
Resident of Mountain View

James Windell Smith, a 40 year resident of Los Altos, passed away from complications after a post-surgery stroke November 6th, 2014 in Los Gatos, California.

Born on January 11, 1939 on...

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Travel

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine

Olive Sonoma: There's more to the quaint town than wine


Eren Göknar/ Special to the Town Crier
While many day-trippers may think that Sonoma is all about the grapes, the region boasts other delights. Try a biplane ride over the patchwork landscape.

Sonoma, a scenic two-hour drive from Los Altos, boa...

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Stepping Out

LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that p...

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Spiritual Life

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am

Author of Jewish historical novel slated at Congregation Beth Am


The Beth Am Women have scheduled “A Conversation with Author Maggie Anton” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Anton, winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, will discu...

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Magazine

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years

Christmas At Our House home tour celebrates 26 years


Courtesy of Christopher Stark
Homes on the St. Francis High School Women’s Club’s Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour showcase a variety of architectural styles.

The days grow short on sunshine but long on nostalgia as the holidays approach...

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Datebook

THEATER

"High School Musical." Peninsula Youth Theatre. Features all the music from the Disney Channel’s hit movie, plus two new songs. 9:30 a.m. Thursday; 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. $7-$18. 988-8798; www.pytnet.org.

"The Importance of Being Earnest." Bus Barn Stage Company. Oscar Wilde’s play lampooning the Victorian obsession with wealth, breeding and propriety. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 22-June 21; 7:30 p.m. May 28 and June 9; 7 p.m. June 1; 3 p.m. June 8. Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. $22-$32.

MUSIC

Capitol Steps. Musical troupe of former Congressional staffers who specialize in satirical political humor and scathing parody. 5 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Gunn High School, 780 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto. $20; proceeds benefit the Gunn High Robotics Team. http://grt.endofinternet.org.

DANCE

Irish dance performance. 4 p.m. today. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. 948-7683.

EVENTS

Step Back in Time. Spring Farm Tours, sponsored by Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, at Rancho San Antonio. Visit the animals in their pens and support Deer Hollow Farm’s environmental education program. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and June 21; last tour begins at 12:30 p.m. 965-FARM; www.fodhf.org.

Annual rummage sale. Huge and varied selection, including collectibles and antiques. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. Proceeds benefit local, national and global charities and missions. 948-1083, ext. 122; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meet the Author. Local poet Joel Katz, author of "Away." 3 p.m. Sunday. Bob and Bob Fine Jewish Gifts Crafts and Books. 4500 El Camino Real, Los Altos. 947-7010.

Huei Young Garden Tour. A benefit for SMA-II patient Jiahuan Zhang. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 3444 Cork Oak Way, Palo Alto. $25. All proceeds go toward paying the medical bills of Zhang, a 17-year-old from China. Reservations: 823-0978; www.hueis-garden.com.

"Be Red Cross Ready." Disaster-preparedness training provided by the Palo Alto Area Chapter, American Red Cross. 1 p.m. May 21. Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave. Free. Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Cancer Prevention Study. A long term follow-up study sponsored by the American Cancer Society. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21. www.cancer.org/cps3.

Weekend farm tours at Hidden Villa. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. most weekends. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. $7. 949-9704; www.hiddenvilla.org.

LECTURES

"The People and Conservation Program of the South African National Parks." Led by the former General Manager of the People and Conservation Directorate of South Africa. 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Free. 961-3539; www.ffsfba.org.

"Security or Freedom: The Cost of Counterterrorism." Dr. Laura Donohue, fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center, discusses how the counterterrorism laws have impacted the balance of powers between the branches of government and how the consequences for individual liberties may be greater than intended. 7:30-9 p.m. today. Los Altos Youth Center, 1 S. San Antonio Road. Free. (415) 293-4600; www.itsyourworld.org.

"Facing the Inevitable." Senior Health Chat with Kim Smith-Nilsson and Sue Ann Yarbrough. 10 a.m. to noon Friday. Los Altos United Methodist Church, Garden Room, 655 Magdalena Ave. Suggested donation $10; all seniors welcome. 209-1119; www.seniornewways.org.

Victor DeNoble, former research scientist at Philip Morris. DeNoble, who worked for the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, provides an insider’s view of the tobacco industry’s attempt to cover-up the addictive nature of nicotine from the public. 12:30-2 p.m. May 22. Foothill College, Appreciation Hall. 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Free; $2 parking. 949-7559.

Author Cory Doctorow. Science-fiction writer talks about his new book, "Little Brother," a young-adult novel about technology, government surveillance and personal freedoms. 4 p.m. May 22. Los Altos Library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. 948-7683.

Kaiulana Lee. Actress and writer of "A Sense of Wonder," a play based on the life and works of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson. Lee portrays Carson circa 1963, just as her book "Silent Spring" garners public attention. Peninsula Open Space Trust Wallace Stegner Lecture Series. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. $22. 903-6000; www.openspacetrust.org.

EXHIBITS

CSMA’s Kids Art on Main Street. Children’s art from the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through May 30. Main Street Cafe and Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos. 948-8040; www.arts4all.org.

"Out of the Ordinary." Watercolors by Chris Beck. Viewpoints Gallery. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays’ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, through May 30. 315 State St., Los Altos. 941-5789; www.viewpointsgallery.com.

CLASSES

Demonstration class on communication. Highlights popular courses taught by the Los Altos Recreation Department and Communication Academy. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday. Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave, Los Altos. Free. RSVP required. 947-2790; www.communicationacademy.com.

Mind-Body Fitness. Eight-week course features a flow-yoga workout combined with Pilates, followed by meditation. Led by Pam Walatka. 10:15-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, beginning today. Los Altos Hills Town Hall. $105; $119 nonresidents.

Pilates and yoga. Yoga, pilates and yoga/pilates combo classes, as well as private, semi-private and group sessions. Esprit de Core Pilates Studio. 895 Sherwood Ave., Suite 300, Los Altos. 948-8020; www.esprit-de-core.com.

Wellness classes. Guest speakers with Gregory Dabb, DC, as host. 6:30-7 p.m. first and third Tuesdays of the month. Better Life Chiropractic Center, Los Altos. Free. 949-0154; www.betterlifechirocenter.com.

Language classes. Learn/practice Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Spanish. Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School. $20-$109. 940-1333; www.mvlaae.net.

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; www.yogabymoj.com.

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.

Retreats. For business people, married couples and young adults. Jesuit Retreat Center. 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos. $210/weekend. 948-4491; www.jrclosaltos.org.

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; www.rainbowcs.org.

Video Acting. Two new 10-week, 20-hour workshops offered KMVT, community TV station in Mountain View. 968-1540; www.kmvt15.org.

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.

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. Free. (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.

CLUBS/GROUPS

American Rhododendron Society, De Anza Chapter. Glen Patterson explains how to transform a rooftop into a garden setting. 7:30 p.m. May 21. Hillview Community Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Bows and Beaus Square Dance Club. 7:30-9:45 p.m. Mondays (beginners) and Wednesdays (Plus level). Open to adult singles and couples. Loyola School, 770 Berry Ave., Los Altos. 948-7689; www.bowsandbeaus.org.

Los Altos Art Club. 7 p.m. second Monday of the month. Hal Brady Room, Hillview Community Center, Los Altos. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; http://losaltosartclub.org.

Los Altos Kiwanis Club. Noon Tuesday. 4565 El Camino Real, Suite B-4, Village Court, Los Altos. 988-9900.

Foothills Amateur Radio Society. Amateur radio club serving Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View and other nearby cities. 7 p.m. fourth Friday of the month. Covington School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos. www.fars.k6ya.org.

Blacksheep Handweaver’s Guild. Meets monthly at Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. 854-7125; www.blacksheepguild.org.

HP Retired Employees Club. Open to HP/Agilent retirees. Activities include luncheons, trips (local, regional and foreign), volunteer work and more. (408) 867-5086; www.hp.com/retiree.

Los Altos Newcomers Club. Helps new residents become better acquainted with their neighbors and new community. Activities include programs, luncheons, hiking, tennis, bridge and book clubs. 948-3078; www.losaltosnewcomers.com.

Glass and Decorative Arts Club of Garden House. Noon, the fourth Monday of the month at Garden House, Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos. 854-7079; 917-4367.

American Association of University Women. Open to women with a college degree, AA through Ph.D. 961-1782; www.aauw-losaltosmountainview.org.

Los Altos Las Madres Playgroups. Playgroups for moms and babies born in 2006 and 2008. 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; www.lasmadres.org.

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.

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. www.calegionpost558.org.

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; www.quota.org.

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.

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.

Camera Club of Los Altos. 7 p.m. third Thursday of the month. Los Altos Senior Center, Room 12, 97 Hillview Ave. http://cclosaltos.com.

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

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.).

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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Adult Children of Aging Persons Support Group. Group sharing. 7:30-9 p.m. second Monday of the month. Los Altos United Methodist Church, Live Oak Room, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos. Free. 209-1119; www.seniornewways.org.

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; www.avenidas.org; www.seniornewways.org.

Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association. Helps people begin a new way of life following the loss of a spouse. 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays. Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Road. (408) 732-7824; www.mpwwa.org.

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.

SERVICES

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.

VOLUNTEERS

El Camino Hospital Auxiliary. Snack bar duties, 12:30-4 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays. Training provided. 940-7214.

Just READ. Nonprofit literacy organization seeks tutors for high school students struggling to keep up in their classes and pass their tests. Focus is on basic reading and writing skills — from phonics to sentence structure to comprehension. Spend as little as one hour per week in the Reading Center on the campus of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District offices. 940-7402; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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; www.hiddenvilla.org.

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; www.evols.org.

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.

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