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Walk benefits victims of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Courtesy of Marge Shively
The annual envelope-stuffing party among Cure SMA supporters, held June 27, included, from left, (front) Carolyn Ireland, Patty Mattio, Marge Shively, Judy William, Jeanne Spaulding; (back) Nancy Cook, Jane Halligan, Rory Kaplan, Marilyn Martin, Lois Rosenblum, Bette (last name not given), Ann Werry.

Marge and Jim Shively of Los Altos have steadfastly continued their fight against a disease that claimed the life of their granddaughter nearly 15 years ago.

They’re still raising money for and participating in the annual Walk-n-Roll for SMA, an event their daughter, Linda, started 14 years ago. Linda gave birth to Jessica, who was diagnosed at three months with the deadly and incurable Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It remains the No. 1 cause of death in infants, affecting a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, swallow and breathe.

Antiques guru evaluates treasures at museum

Antiques adviser and appraiser Steve Yvaska is scheduled to headline the fundraiser “Let’s Talk Antiques” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Yvaska, author of “The Seasoned Collector” column in The Mercury News, will offer casual evaluations of one personal antique.

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts gun violence forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a two-part forum on gun violence 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday and July 31 at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The forum, titled “From Despair to Hope: Our Active Response to Gun Violence in our Communities,” is designed for local residents who want to discuss what they can do to help alleviate gun violence.

CSA's GIVE65 fundraiser supports local seniors

Community Services Agency is scheduled to participate in the inaugural GIVE65 Event, a 65-hour online fundraiser that runs through 4 p.m. Thursday.

The event is an initiative of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, a crowd-fundraising platform focused exclusively on helping nonprofit organizations generate funds for programs and services benefiting seniors.

History Museum supporters fill summer with fundraising activities

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of summer fundraising events.

• “Let’s Talk Antiques” with Steve Yvaska, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21. Local residents can bring an antique for a casual evaluation by Yvaska, author of the “Seasoned Collector” column in the San Jose Mercury News. An old-fashioned summer luncheon under the oaks at the museum will follow. Tickets are $75 per person.

Museum seeks authors for holiday event

The Los Altos History Museum seeks local authors interested in presenting their published books at its Authors’ Showcase, scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 during the annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event.

Museum officials are putting out the call for authors who have published a book in the past two years, including fiction, nonfiction or children’s literature. The Authors’ Showcase enables local residents to meet writers, learn more about their books and purchase signed copies.

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