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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!” The musical is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Chronicling the love story of farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly and the shenanigans of Ado Annie, the classic play features up-tempo dance routines and a well-known score that includes “People Will Say We’re in Love” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.”

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Vets hosted at new Foothill center



Student veteran Daniel Muse praises the support he receives at Foothill College’s Veterans Resource Center. “It’s not a handout,” he said. “It’s an investment.” Lindsay West/ Foothill College Foundation

The newly relocated Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College hosted a reception Oct. 30 to honor enrolled student veterans and the donors who helped finance services at the new and enlarged campus space.

After a 10-year planning period, the Veterans Resource Center and Disability Resource Center officially opened Sept. 22.

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Student vets at Foothill share their stories


Lindsay West/Foothill College Foundation
Guests at the Oct. 30 reception and panel discussion at the new Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College include, from left, Foothill-De Anza Community College Chancellor Linda M. Thor, Los Altos Hills residents Peter and Patricia Manoukian and Foothill President Judy C. Miner.

U.S. Army veteran David Granfard described the challenges he faces transitioning to civilian life during a panel discussion at the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College Oct. 30.

“I feel like the U.S. has moved ahead, and we’ve been left behind,” he said.

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Sunday Friends empowers families to break poverty cycle



Angelina Orozco grew up attending Sunday Friends’ empowering programs. Now she brings her 14-month-old daughter, Angelina Denise, and works at the nonprofit organization’s store. Courtesy of Ali barEkat

Angelina Orozco knows firsthand the value of Sunday Friends – three generations of her family benefit from the nonprofit organization’s mission to empower families in need to break the cycle of poverty.

Orozco attended her first Sunday Friends gathering with her mother when she was 9 years old. Now 23, Orozco brings her own daughter, 14-month-old Angelina Denise.

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Bayshore Christian Ministries: 30 years of lending kids a helping hand


Steve Joh/Special to the Town CriEr
Students in a Bayshore Christian Ministries tech and art camp showcase their LEGO robotics creation.

Growing up in East Palo Alto remains a challenge. Although the crime rates that made this community notorious have plummeted over the past 20 years, the challenges of living here are obvious. Chain-link or wrought iron fences surround virtually every home.

The biggest challenge, however, is poverty. Children often pay the price of families struggling to eke out a living. Many are English as a second language learners. Families and schools suffer from a lack of resources, and hardworking parents can’t spend enough quality time with their kids.

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Help One Child's Safe Families program aids reunified parents



Help One Child’s annual Christmas party for foster children is among the many ways the Los Altos-based organization supports at-risk children. Courtesy of Susan Herman

With the implementation of its newest program, Safe Families for Children, the Los Altos-based Help One Child “felt like we’ve covered all our bases,” according to Executive Director Susan Herman.

“We’re not only working with foster and adoptive parents, but also reunified parents who got their children back,” she added.

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