Young Men's Service League launches local chapter

Courtesy of Kelly Chen
Members of the Rancho chapter of the Young Men’s Service League include, front row, from left: James Robinson, Trevor Goodwin, Jake Israni, Cole Baker, Jason Shenon and Ryan Song. Middle: Kyle Ettinger, Joseph Chen, Shane Mujica and Jason Halden. Back: Kristin Baker, Terri Ettinger, Sunny Song, Denise Robinson, Pam Mujica, Nicole Goodwin, Mary Israni, Elizabeth Halden, Amanda Shenon and Kelly Chen.

The Young Men’s Service League, a nonprofit organization that promotes community service, is set to launch its local Rancho chapter with an inaugural class of 47 eighth- and ninth-graders and their mothers.

Mothers and their sons from Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and other surrounding cities will embark on a four-year program of philanthropy, life-skills education and leadership development.


Zimbabwe Run and Fair brings out best in art and athleticism

Courtesy of Ellen Clark
Kela Mavhera sets a new course record for the Girls Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Mile with a run of 5:45. She and her family drove up from Southern California to support the cause. Kela’s parents were born and raised in Zimbabwe.

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The Sustainable Living Foundation’s 16th annual Zimbabwe Run and Fair was a rousing success, according to foundation president Ellen Clark, a Los Altos resident.


Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

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All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The Heising-Simons Foundation moved into its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos last week.

The move is a short one – staff vacated their 300 Second St. site to relocate to second-floor offices in the new office and retail development at Main and First. Foundation staffers have 10,000 square feet of space. The foundation has made tenant improvements to allow for offices, conference rooms and common areas.


Accomplished Los Altos Hills novelist shares details of craft with Morning Forum crowd

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Author Ellen Sussman recalls the piles of rejection letters she received before having her first novel published at age 49.

Author Ellen Sussman presented The Morning Forum of Los Altos audience with an engaging and humorous account of “A Writer’s Life” March 17.


Circle of Support fundraiser bolsters domestic violence prevention

Tasneem Ismailji

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley’s 12th annual Circle of Support Luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 1 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The organization is slated to honor Los Altos Hills resident and domestic violence prevention researcher Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., MPH, at the event. Ismailji is current board chairwoman and past president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, which works to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse. A practicing pediatrician for 20 years, she served three terms on the Family & Children Services Board of Directors, including a stint as chairwoman.


Silicon Valley Open Studios tours scheduled in May: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Gallery 9
“Excitement at the Pool” by artist Steve Curtiss is on display at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos this month.

South Bay, Peninsula and coastal artists will open their studios to the public during the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, scheduled in May.

Now in its 29th year, the tours invite visitors to experience a variety of art in the artists’ personal studios. Artists will be exhibiting in Los Altos 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10.


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