Festival of Lights Parade marches into LA Sunday

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The Festival of Lights Parade, set for Sunday, attracts a crowd to view the hourlong parade of illuminated floats, marching bands and costumed. characters

The 38th annual Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Along with the traditional array of illuminated floats, junior high and high school bands and costumed holiday characters are a few new elements, according to organizers.


Valle Monte League's holiday-themed events raise money for mental health agencies

Valle Monte League members plan to raffle off custom-designed Christmas trees for charity at their series of holiday soirées. Proceeds support mental health agencies in Silicon Valley.Courtesy of Spencer Horowitz

Silicon Valley’s Valle Monte League, an all-women nonprofit organization that raises funds for a variety of mental health agencies, has scheduled its annual series of holiday soirées Dec. 3 and 4 in San Jose.

The group features several Los Altos residents – including Second Vice President Linda Conover – and actively seeks more members from the community.


Cal Water launches rewards program

California Water Service Co. is slated to launch a three-month rewards program aimed at recognizing customers who stay within their water budgets.

For the December, January and February billing cycles, 25 customers in each Cal Water service area who meet or are under their water budgets that month will be drawn at random to receive $50 gift cards. Customers’ water consumption for each bill includes the month prior to the billing date. Customers who qualify will be automatically entered into each drawing. Those meeting budgets at multiple premises can win only once per month.


Earthworks goes to the birds

An event to benefit Pandemonium Aviaries is scheduled 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Earthworks in downtown Los Altos.

Michele Raffin, director of the Los Altos Hills-based bird sanctuary, is slated to sign copies of her book, “The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered” (Algonquin Books, 2014). Jewelry designer Gurhan is set to appear as well and showcase some of his work. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Pandemonium.


LACF awards grants to local nonprofits

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently completed its second grant-making cycle this year, awarding nearly $40,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as youth, education, seniors, arts and culture, assisting vulnerable populations and community building.


Foothill veterans program supports students' college, career goals

Foothill College Veterans Resource Center student Daniel Muse, above, attends classes with his service dog, Princess.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center seeks to help veterans achieve their educational and career goals in a supportive environment through academics, camaraderie and wellness. The center provides drop-in counseling, workshops, scholarships and a space for veterans to gather on campus. Carmela Xuereb, the school’s veterans program specialist, estimates that the program serves approximately 275 veterans.

• 2015 update: Through donations, the Veterans Resource Center this year purchased 40 laptops to loan to students. The Rotary Club of Los Altos, a dedicated supporter of the program, raised nearly $40,000 at its annual dinner event, funding scholarships and book vouchers.


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