Packard Foundation hosts Youth Champions incubator

Jerry Wang/ Packard Foundation
Delegates interact at a Packard Foundation-sponsored Youth Champions incubator on ideas for advancing reproductive health education.

It was a first for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – the convening of young reproductive health advocates in Los Altos for a weeklong Youth Champions Initiative incubator last month.

Susan Packard Orr, chair of the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees, said the organization’s desire to support emerging leaders and its 50-year commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights – beginning with a grant to Planned Parenthood at the foundation’s first board meeting in 1964 – inspired the event.


It's not too late to give to this year's Town Crier Holiday Fund campaign

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in its 15th year assisting local nonprofit organizations that directly serve those in the community with the most pressing needs.

Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised approximately $2.2 million.


Dance festival introduces winter workshops

Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Veteran modern dance artist Leslie Friedman, above, and The Lively Foundation are slated to host two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” this month. The sessions are open to seasoned dancers – and those who fancy themselves dancers.

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley Dance has scheduled two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” 12:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6-9 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The two sessions of master classes are open to dancers and nondancers. Classes include Salsa (no partner needed), Line Dancing (no partner needed), Dunham Technique, Pilates Mat and Contemporary.


WOMEN/SV domestic violence program joins Family & Children Services


WOMEN/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is scheduled to become part of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley next month, an effort to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support and training program services throughout northern Santa Clara County.

WOMEN/SV, founded in 2011 by Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities and training professionals throughout the county to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since its inception, the program has served more than 200 domestic violence victims.


Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But local veterinarians warn that the holiday season presents some of the greatest dangers to dogs and cats.


Searching for a Santa substitute: Rhyme on My Hands

Ah, the office Christmas party! Where, according to legend, anything goes. Well, at the party where this column’s poem was first recited, there was no booze and it was mid-morning in a conference room in the late 1960s. And, after what would essentially amount to a long coffee break, we all headed back to our desks.

A few months prior to the party in question, my wife, our three children and I had returned from an overseas assignment in the developing world. Like many advisers in those days, I came home with something no other member of the family could bring back – I cleared customs with a beard. Rejoining my old office gang, I soon learned that Elizabeth – a beloved colleague who was a maiden lady a dozen years my senior – hated the beard.


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