Local mediation program changes name to better reflect services

The Los Altos Mediation Program, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, recently changed its name to Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services (LADRS).

LADRS offers free mediation services to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents and businesses. The program’s name change coincides with its 20th anniversary in March.


Music for Minors partners with Harvard to expand efforts


When the thriving Music for Minors began to outgrow its capacity, the local nonprofit organization made new friends.

Beginning in late February, Music for Minors – a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient – partnered with Harvard Business School alumni to forge a six-month alliance to craft a development plan for Music for Minors.


GreenTown speakers energetic about conservation

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GreenTown Los Altos Executive Director Margie Suozzo is flanked by Curtis Tongue, left, and David Siddiqui.

GreenTown Los Altos hosted the presentation “Button Up Your Home: Save Energy and Money” at the Los Altos main library Feb. 18, featuring two speakers touting conservation.

David Siddiqui, founder of Green Evolution Consulting, discussed the primary sources of energy loss in the home, including simple things like leaky or disconnected heating ducts. The typical house has a 30 percent leakage rate, he said, a huge waste of energy and money.


Speakers focus on women's issues at Los Altos AAUW event

Local branches of the American Association of University Women sponsored a program with three speakers discussing women’s health and safety Jan. 22.

The event, held at the Los Altos Youth Center, marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.


Chi Am Circle, Chef Chu's prove 'golden': Club sets fundraising goal of $200K for March fashion show

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Chi Am Circle members, from left, Gerrye Wong, Sylvia Eng, Pearl Lee and Muriel Kao flank Larry Chu Sr. at the Jan. 31 event honoring the club’s 50th and Chef Chu’s 45th anniversaries.

Chef Chu’s restaurant in Los Altos hosted a Jan. 31 dinner celebrating two milestone anniversaries. Restaurant founder Larry Chu Sr. presided over an event marking the restaurant’s 45th anniversary while simultaneously honoring the 50th year of the Chi Am Circle Club.

Chi Am Circle was founded in 1965 as a social club for Asian-American women but grew into a philanthropic organization that donates to charitable causes. The nonprofit group currently comprises 120 members from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Cupertino and Saratoga.


Group raises funds to restore Redwood Grove's Halsey House

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Katherine Halsey Buss, granddaugh- ter of the original owners of Halsey House, shares memories at a Friends of Historic Redwood Grove event.

Friends of Historic Redwood Grove raised approximately half of its $25,000 goal Feb. 15 to fund restoration of the Halsey House in the Los Altos preserve.

The group hosted an information session highlighting its plans to renovate the landmark for city recreation programs and community use.


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