Sunday Friends enables low-income families to learn as they do

Sunday Friends has locations at Santee, Lowell and Anne Darling elementary schools in San Jose. The organization launched a Parent Child Learning Center this year to encourage parents and children to read together.

• Mission: To empower families in need to break the cycle of poverty. Children and parents earn basic necessities while they contribute to their community, learn life skills and develop self-sufficiency.

• 2015 update: An extensive study by the Santa Clara University School of Education validated the success of Sunday Friends. “Sunday Friends’ community-building and financial-literacy-oriented, working alternative to charity approach based on education is successful at fostering the developmental assets and achieving its goals to empower families,” said Carol Ann Gittens, the school’s interim dean.


Local residents prepare to deliver illuminated Christmas trees

Nick and Melissa French deliver a Christmas tree during their inaugural tree delivery campaign last year. Melissa said they plan to deliver “at least double” the 130 trees they set up in 2014.Town Crier File Photo

The Frenches are at it again.

For the second consecutive year, Los Altos residents Melissa and Nicholas French plan to deliver and set up illuminated Christmas trees in the front yards of residents who request them.


National event prompts Los Altos libraries to celebrate their 'Friends'

Children at the Los Altos Library recently made art projects to thank the Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community for its contributions to the main library and Woodland Branch.


Prepare to get spooked Friday in downtown LA

They say that Halloween is the second most popular celebration of the year for the young and young-at-heart, trailing only Christmas. So prepare, Los Altos residents, for the onslaught of fairies and frogs, pirates and pumpkins, witches and wizards as children in costume take to the streets of downtown for the Los Altos Village Association’s annual Halloween Spooktacular event, scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Friday. The event will feature trick-or-treating at participating stores and, from 2-4 p.m. at State and Second streets, a variety of activities, including face painting, balloon art, Halloween-themed crafts and games, children’s entertainers and, of course, large amounts of candy. For more information, visit


Teal means food allergies are for real

Photos courtesy of Mansi Tripathi
Mansi Tripathi of Los Altos supports the Teal Pumpkin Project for children with food allergies. Her 18-month-old daughter, Mira, paints her pumpkin teal to alert trick-or-treaters that her house is serving treats appropriate for those with food allergies.

Mira Tripathi painted her pumpkin teal this year to signify to trick-or-treaters that her Los Altos home will distribute nonfood items on Halloween.

Mira, 18 months, is allergic to nuts, so her mother, Mansi, is supporting the nationwide Teal Pumpkin Project with hopes that the movement will spread.


Scouts clean creek, freak over 'voodoo doll'

Members of Boy Scout Troop 80, from left, Antonio Gonzales, Will Fitch, Sam Vincent and Vasu Singha recently picked up trash along Stevens Creek in Los Altos and Mountain View. According to Assistant Scoutmaster John Fitch, the boys hauled out 26 bags of trash they collected from just one-third of a mile along the creekbed. “Paint cans from graffiti sites contributed the majority of the trash,” Fitch said. Among other items found were a “voodoo doll,” above, a garden hose, shopping carts and golf balls. Troop 80 meets Monday nights at First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View.


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