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Rotary Club of Los Altos volunteers support villagers in remote Yucatan

Courtesy of David Smith/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Two volunteers with the Rotary Club of Los Altos recently visited Mayan children on the Yucatan Peninsula, part of an ongoing partnership with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes to provide education and basic necessities.

Many Los Altos families vacation in Cancun, but few have seen the poor Mayan villages along the Yucatan Peninsula. The Rotary Club of Los Altos set about to change that.

Members of the local Rotary Club have done more than visit the Yucatan area – they’ve pitched in to deliver books, computers, school supplies, LEGOs and smokeless cooking stoves to boost the quality of life in Mayan villages. Partnering with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes, Rotarians have inspired a thirst for education among the Mayans and created a sense of community that didn’t previously exist in the remote villages.

Election 2016: Questions for Los Altos council candidates

A forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Six candidates are running for three seats in the Nov. 8 election. In advance of the forum, organizers have prepared questions for the candidates. Following is the first in a series of questions, with candidates answering one question in each issue of the Town Crier leading up to the election.

Los Altos Community Foundation offers grants and scholarships

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program, run by local teens, gave $10,000 to youth-focused nonprofit groups.

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded 234 grants and 220 scholarships totaling $1.4 million, more than $840,000 of which supported students and nonprofit organizations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The foundation’s Community Grants program operates in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard and Heising-Simons foundations.

Mountain View Rotary Club grants support wide range of local agencies

Courtesy of Anita Grossman
Mountain View Rotary Club representatives Anita Grossman, right, and Twana Karney, second from right, distribute checks to recipients of the club’s community grants.

The Mountain View Rotary Club awarded community grants totaling $16,095 in 2016.

Grant recipients include:

Popular Zumba instructor celebrates five years of fun in downtown Los Altos

Kathryn Kemp/Special to the Town Crier
Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh, left, says the key to enjoying her Oola Dance Fitness classes is to “lose yourself in the music.”

At a recent night class at the American Legion on First Street, Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh leads her students with joy and enthusiasm. The music is blasting and everyone’s smiling. Her students are not only getting a workout, they’re having a great time.

It’s no wonder Ghosheh has nearly 400 students per week in her Oola Dance Fitness classes.

Internationally known author plans local talk

MICHAEL LIONSTAR/ Special to the Town Crier
Alexander McCall Smith is scheduled to appear in the Los Altos area in October, where he will speak at the “One from the Heart” fundraiser supporting Pathways Hospice.

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith now travels extensively – from Istanbul to Australia – meeting his readers. His travel schedule brings him to the Los Altos area in October for the “One from the Heart” awards breakfast, the annual fundraiser for Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

Smith is the keynote speaker at the event, scheduled 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. He is also being hosted at a private reception in Los Altos.

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