Help One Child partners with Junior League to help at-risk kids, seeks volunteers

The Los Altos-based nonprofit Help One Child, a recipient of the Town Crier Holiday Fund, seeks volunteers to support local at-risk children.

Help One Child’s M-Power program, in partnership with the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula, aims to help children ages 6-11 who have experienced a disruption in early childhood development. Over M-Power’s eight sessions, children learn about communication, self-esteem, relationships, reciprocity, building character and values, handling emotions and following social cues.


LAH honors longtime resident May Davenport's rich legacy

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Courtenay C. Corrigan, left, greets longtime resident May Davenport at town hall May 28. Town officials and Davenport’s friends and family members honored her personal accomplishments and contributions to the town.

May Davenport knew something was amiss when her oil paintings – some as large as 4-feet-by-6-feet – began disappearing from her home’s walls. But the 93-year-old Los Altos Hills resident didn’t fully understand the significance of their absence until a dozen smiling faces greeted her within town hall’s lobby May 28.

“Hi, May,” they said softly, a small gallery of Davenport’s artwork behind them. “Hey, May.”


LAHS student's cakes support foster youth

Courtesy of Apala Egan
Riley Fujioka of Los Altos High School bakes cakes for foster youth through the nonprofit agency Cake4Kids.

Riley Fujioka, a member of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter, has a sweet mission.

A sophomore at Los Altos High School, Fujioka has made it her goal to serve children, including those in foster care, at risk or without shelter. Many lack basic necessities and parental love and support.


Local Service League of Boys devotes 1,200 hours to volunteer service

Courtesy of Annette Jenab
The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys joined with other local organizations in April to clean, paint and landscape Cesar Chavez Elementary School in East Palo Alto as part of National Rebuilding Day.

The Mountain View/Los Altos Service League of Boys recently completed its second full year of service to the community.

Founded in 2013, the Service League of Boys – a philanthropic organization that seeks to strengthen parent-son relationships and promote leadership development through community service – comprises nearly 100 boys representing a dozen local middle and high schools.


Guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon aims for the stars with 'Ascension'

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Classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon has taken a long musical journey to his debut album, “Ascension.”

Describing the power of his artistic weapon of choice, classical guitar virtuoso Yuri Liberzon called on the great Romantic composer Frederic Chopin: “There’s nothing more beautiful than a guitar, perhaps, except two.”

The maxim not only describes an aesthetic preference but a way of life for Liberzon, a Mountain View resident whose pursuit to realize the beauty of classical guitar has spanned 26 years, three continents and finally the initial stages of his campaign to launch his debut album, “Ascension,” this summer.


Local high school student provides hope for Nepal quake victims through music

Courtesy of Hana Mizuta
Homestead High School student Hana Mizuta, third from left, and fellow musicians in Hope of Music organized and performed a May 23 concert to benefit victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April inspired many people to lend a hand, including Los Altos resident Hana Mizuta – and she did so through music.

Mizuta – who just completed her junior year at Homestead High School – is president of Hope of Music, a student-run organization comprising Bay Area high school musicians.


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