The Mexican 'Nightingale' reborn : Local resident writes Angela Peralta opera for Mazatlan stage

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The opera composed by Los Altos resident Roger Bourland is scheduled to premiere Nov. 14 and 15 in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Thanks to Los Altos resident and composer Roger Bourland, the renowned 19th-century Mexican opera singer Angela Peralta will finally star at her eponymous theater in Mazatlan, Mexico, an opportunity she missed more than 130 years ago when she died of yellow fever.

An ensemble is scheduled to perform Bourland’s first grand opera, “The Dove and the Nightingale,” Nov. 14 and 15.


RotaCare Mountain View responds to evolving needs in community

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RotaCare Mountain View Clinic Manager Mirella Nguyen, right, confers with Dr. Carrie Riestenberg, an OB-GYN who volunteers at the free clinic.

The Affordable Care Act may have changed the landscape of who qualifies for health-care coverage, but it hasn’t necessarily reduced the client base at RotaCare Mountain View.

According to Clinic Manager Mirella Nguyen, a nurse practitioner, the expanded accessibility of health care has prompted logjams, largely because of the unexpectedly high numbers that enrolled in the state’s exchange, Covered California – 8 million residents signed up, when officials anticipated 5 million.


Town Crier Holiday Fund lends a helping hand in 2014

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Holiday Fund recipient WOMEN/SV assists local victims of domestic violence. Founder Ruth Patrick, right, is pictured with Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis and donor Darcy Griswold.

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


House of Grace offers young women place for reinvention, sisterhood

Over the past seven months, Amber has benefited from the combination of life skills and faith-based study and support provided by House of Grace. Courtesy of house of grace

Society can be harsh toward women – particularly mothers – who make mistakes. House of Grace rejects that idea.

Women enter the program because they have experienced profound problems – often addiction. Many face the possibility of jail time if they don’t choose to make a radical change. House of Grace offers a safe place to exercise that choice.


CSA services relieve residents' everyday financial anxieties

Mountain View resident Mary Kroeger examines the produce at the Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center. CSA officials stress that their goal is to provide residents in need with education to make healthful choices. Traci Newell/Town Crier

When Mountain View resident Mary Kroeger moved to northern Santa Clara County two years ago, the Community Services Agency stepped in to help make her transition manageable.

Kroeger moved so that her husband could be closer to his cancer treatments at the Veterans Affairs hospital and closer to family. Relocating from the less-expensive Gilroy area made her connection with CSA services essential.


WOMEN/SV: Offering a safe haven for abused women of means

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Ruth Patrick’s WOMEN/SV deals with an issue often kept behind closed doors: affluent women suffering abuse in silence.

The roots of the Women-of-Means Escape Network/Silicon Valley (WOMEN/SV) can be traced to founder Ruth Patrick’s career as a teacher.

Patrick, who founded her organization in 2012 with a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation, distinctly recalled the difficulty some students had paying attention in her class one day.


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