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Paws-itively  ready for  disaster

Paws-itively ready for disaster


Dozens of local residents participated in the Pet Ready! program, which included first-aid tips for animals from Adobe Animal Hospital veterinarian Dr. Cristi Blackwolf, above right. Girl Scouts Rachel Torgunrud, above left, in purple of Sunnyv...

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Schools

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge

Local students earn honors at Tech Challenge


Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Gardner Bullis School’s Tech Challenge Team “Fantastic V,” above, recently showed their project at the school’s STEM Expo. Teammates, from left, Brandon Son, Will Hooper, George Weale, Tripp Crissma...

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Community

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1


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Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sp...

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Sports

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day

LA tops MV behind Beutter's big day


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos High pitcher Lizzie Beutter went the distance to earn the win against Mountain View.

The number of Los Altos High hits and Mountain View High errors may be in dispute, but there’s no debating which softball ...

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Comment

Enlightened California: No Shoes, Please

I recently read a newspaper article about the newly adopted sex-education curriculum in the state of Mississippi. In the city of Oxford, the following exercise is included: Students pass around a Peppermint Patty chocolate and observe how spoiled it ...

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Business

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May

Cobblery makes short move next door: Longtime business relocating to State Street in May


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
European Cobblery owner Paul Roth is relocating his business from 201 First St., above, to 385 State St. in May.

The European Cobblery, a family-owned and -operated shoe store, is relocating to a new home just a f...

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Books

Local Author Spotlight

In an effort to support authors from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, many self-published, Book Buzz periodically spotlights their books and offers information on where to purchase them. Local authors are encouraged to submit brief summa...

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People

'Champions for Youth' announced

Challenge Team will honor Mountain View Police Chief Scott Vermeer as “Champion for Youth” at the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraising breakfast, scheduled 7 a.m. May 7 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

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Stepping Out

Last go-round for 'Hound'

Last go-round for 'Hound'


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
The actors in “The Hound of the Baskervilles” – from left, Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan – take on dozens of roles.

TheatreWorks is slated to present “The Hound of the Baskervilles...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away

A yoga class a day keeps the stress away


Van Houtte/Town Crier Yoga of Los Altos hosts a variety of classes, including Strong Flow Vinyasa, above, taught by Doron Hanoch. Yin Yoga instructor Janya Wongsopa guides a student in the practice, below.

It’s nearly 9 a.m. on a Monday mornin...

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Los Altos-based SV2 brings on new executive director Ratay


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Jennifer Ratay, program officer in The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group, will join the Los Altos-based Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) as executive director in March.

Ratay has served at the Hewlett Foundation since 2007. She directed its multimillion-dollar Organizational Effectiveness grants program, which helps grantees strengthen their leadership, organizational infrastructure and impact. She coached grantmakers and grantees on leadership development, board governance, strategic planning, evaluation, and financial health and sustainability.

SV2 donors pool their skills, energy, ideas and money toward making a bigger, more meaningful difference than an individual could make alone. SV2’s 180 partners jointly decide which nonprofits will receive three-year grants in the areas of Education, Health, Environment and International Development. SV2 partners become more strategic philanthropists as they select and advise grantees, attend SV2 educational events and learn from one another.

“Jennifer’s exceptional experience in philanthropy, coupled with her vibrant enthusiasm and deep passion for creating social impact, perfectly qualify her to take the helm of SV2,” said Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, founder and chairwoman emeritus of SV2.

According to SV2 Board Chairwoman Nancy Heinen, the foundation aims to deepen the social impact of its partners and grantees.

“Jennifer shares that commitment like no one else we’ve met,” Heinen said. “We are truly fortunate to be adding her to our team.”

“SV2 is an extraordinary community of accomplished, caring partners modeling excellence in their philanthropy and supporting many of the region’s most innovative and effective nonprofit organizations,” Ratay said. “It’s a tremendous privilege to join this powerful, collective force for good.”

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