LA Rotary Club helps with Nepal relief

Courtesy of Save the Children
A two-year-old boy manages a smile at a tented settlement in Nepal after last month’s earthquake. With financial support from the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Save the Children provides displaced families with hygiene kits and infant kits that include warm clothes, hats and blankets.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ World Community Service Committee has launched a fundraising campaign to help with relief efforts in Nepal in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that hit the nation April 25.

Funds raised will support the Sunrise Rotary Club in Kathmandu and the nongovernmental organizations Save the Children and ShelterBox.


Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos welcomes new officers, opportunities

Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Federated Woman’s Club Loma Prieta District President Sandy Myers, right, welcomes officers to the Los Altos club. Denise Connell, from left, now serves as second vice president, founding member Helen Foerster as first vice president and historian, and Ruthie Hansen as president.

New officers and new opportunities came to light at the Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos’ May 6 luncheon.

After swearing in eight new officers, club members welcomed guest speaker Judith Hamilton to address human trafficking in Silicon Valley.


Friends of Redwood Grove raises funds for Halsey House

The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee has raised more than $25,000 to fund an evaluation of the feasibility and cost to renovate the dilapidated city-owned Halsey House in Redwood Grove Nature Preserve.

The committee, formed last August, hosted an information session in mid-February to update residents on the status of the historic landmark, which it hopes to remodel for city recreation programs and community use. The program included an appearance by Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaughter of Theodore and Emma Halsey, who built the house in 1923 and planted redwood trees on the property. Attendees walked through Redwood Grove, now a city of Los Altos park located at 482 University Ave.


Los Altos libraries challenge residents to tell their stories

The Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries challenge residents to discover their inner heroes as part of their 2015 Summer Challenge. Created around the theme “Every Hero Has a Story,” the program invites children, teens and adults to become their own favorite hero.

This year’s program challenges readers to complete tasks in a quest to explore library resources, enjoy enriching and creative experiences and try new activities.


No 'Love' for Facebook

Courtesy of Tru Love
Tru Love sent multiple messages to Facebook – and made calls to the media – before the company unlocked her account.

Tru Love’s name may be unusual, but she comes by it naturally.

If only Facebook saw it that way.


Perseverance, good choices serve as themes for annual Challenge Team breakfast

Photos by Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves, second from left, celebrates his 2015 Champion for Youth award with, from left, Edgar Tapia Mendoza, Rita Villanueva, Challenge Team Chairwoman Gay Krause and Jose Villanueva.

Once in a while, a burden can become a gift. For marathon runner and U.S. Army veteran Edward Lychik, the loss of a leg ultimately made him a stronger person.

He’s run five marathons with a prosthetic leg, better than many do with both legs intact.


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