Mentor Tutor Connection puts students on the positive path

Mentor Tutor Connection offers tutoring and mentoring programs for local youth that aim to improve students’ social and academic life skills. Mentors and mentees gather for a field trip to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Photo Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection (MTC) helps build brighter futures for local youth in Los Altos and Mountain View through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2015 update: Mentor Tutor Connection’s first full year under its new name (formerly Partners for New Generations) was a busy one. MTC hired its first executive director, Carol Fisher, and welcomed three new members to the staff.


EPAK provides teachers with quick-turnaround microgrants

Photo Courtesy of East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation helps the underfunded Ravenswood City School District serve its teachers and students through grants that fund everything from extra school supplies to field trips.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that promotes educational opportunities and academic success for East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park public school students in preschool through 12th grade. By providing quick-turnaround microgrants, EPAK helps teachers of underfunded classrooms pay for supplies like books at varying reading levels and experiences like field trips. Each semester, teachers can apply for up to $600 to fulfill their classrooms’ most pressing needs.

• 2015 update: Already this school year, EPAK has distributed $145,000 to teachers. The Ravenswood Teachers Association recognized EPAK in May with its annual We Honor Ours award to honor the organization’s 20-plus years of dedication to students and teachers in the Ravenswood City School District.


TACO sponsors pre-parade holiday sing-along at LAYC

courtesy of TACO
Members of the Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra rehearse for a performance.

The Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra (TACO) has scheduled a free public sing-along 4-5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Sponsored by the Los Altos Recreation Department, the gathering will precede the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.


Town Crier announces winners in the 2015 Spooky Stories Contest

Bullis Charter School first-grader Augustine Hwang won first place in the Town Crier’s 2015 Spooky Stories Contest.

Augustine was the leading vote-getter among readers for his terrifying tale, “Scary Creatures.”


Los Altos artist and advocate for children hosts holiday fundraiser

Los Altos artist Midori Adams is scheduled to host a holiday boutique this weekend featuring handcrafted items from 15 Bay Area artists. The boutique, a benefit for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, is slated 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 228 Marvin Ave., Los Altos.

The boutique will include handcrafted jewelry, ceramics, soaps, candles, stationery, Christmas ornaments, silk arrangements, crocheted items, kitchen aprons and towels, baby blankets, hair accessories and packaged small gifts. Homemade baked goods such as cookies, cakes and pastries will also be available for purchase.


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Holiday Stroll, 5-9 p.m. on Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. The 13th annual event features dining, shopping and strolling on downtown Los Altos’ decorated streets. The Holiday Stroll includes carolers, roasted chestnuts and beverages at more than 50 participating stores. Information:


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