Music for Minors transforms children's lives through music education
Although founded in Los Altos, Music for Minors focuses its energies these days on providing music education in underserved elementary schools.

• Mission: Music for Minors nurtures in children a lifelong love of music by providing music education programs in schools.

• 2015 update: Founded in 1976 in Los Altos, Music for Minors has continued to deepen and expand its reach and now serves 23,000 Bay Area children.


Los Altos High graduate Chomko wins screenwriting competition

Elizabeth Chomko, a 1999 Los Altos High School graduate, has found success as a screenwriter, recently winning the 2015 Nicholl Fellowships competition. Courtesy of Elizabeth Chomko

Elizabeth Chomko didn’t plan on becoming a professional writer, but the former Los Altos resident has loved putting pen to paper since she was a young girl.

“I have always written for me, written because it helped me understand things, because writing made me feel alive, because I couldn’t imagine not writing,” she said.


Veteran journalist offers Rotarians the scoop on long career

Jerry Tomanek/Rotary
Club of Los Altos
Retired KTVU-TV journalist Rita
Williams entertained Los Altos
Rotarians Nov. 9 with stories from
her long career.

Award-winning TV journalist Rita Williams, who recently retired from KTVU-TV after more than three decades in the San Francisco bureau, discussed her wide-ranging career covering political and legal stories in a Nov. 9 presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

“I feel like I’m the eyes and ears of the public,” said the investigative journalist. “I want to make the public feel like I’m feeling.”


Cal Water launches rewards program

California Water Service Co. is slated to launch a three-month rewards program aimed at recognizing customers who stay within their water budgets.

For the December, January and February billing cycles, 25 customers in each Cal Water service area who meet or are under their water budgets that month will be drawn at random to receive $50 gift cards. Customers’ water consumption for each bill includes the month prior to the billing date. Customers who qualify will be automatically entered into each drawing. Those meeting budgets at multiple premises can win only once per month.


Earthworks goes to the birds

An event to benefit Pandemonium Aviaries is scheduled 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Earthworks in downtown Los Altos.

Michele Raffin, director of the Los Altos Hills-based bird sanctuary, is slated to sign copies of her book, “The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered” (Algonquin Books, 2014). Jewelry designer Gurhan is set to appear as well and showcase some of his work. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Pandemonium.


LACF awards grants to local nonprofits

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently completed its second grant-making cycle this year, awarding nearly $40,000 to 10 nonprofit organizations that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as youth, education, seniors, arts and culture, assisting vulnerable populations and community building.


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