Last updateWed, 31 Aug 2016 4pm

Libraries issue summer reading challenge

The Santa Clara County Library District’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge aims to make everyone a winner.

“Read for the Win” is the theme of this summer’s program, which offers students the opportunity to boost their reading skills and participate in summer challenges at the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries. Adults also may participate.

Community Briefs

Relay For Life scheduled Sunday

The newly revamped Relay For Life of Los Altos, dubbed “Relay 2.0,” is scheduled 5-9 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave.

The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will feature a family picnic and a 2-mile lap around the Hillview neighborhood. The event will also include live music, children’s activities and a pink flamingo decorating contest.

Straw family honors daughter at Seeds of Hope fundraiser

courtesy of CORA
The late Colleen’s Straw family – from left, siblings Bill, Erin and Kate and parents Ann and William – pay tribute at a CORA fundraiser for victims of domestic abuse.

Dr. William and Ann Straw of Los Altos honored their youngest child, Colleen Straw, at the CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse) Seeds of Hope annual fundraiser. The event took place May 5 – Colleen’s birthday – at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.

Colleen died last November, a victim of domestic violence.

Los Altos Knights alumni enjoy 'Return to Camelot'

Shelly Bosmans-Bowers/Special to the Town Crier
Celebrating at Los Altos High’s class reunion are, above, from left, John Arkley, Byron and Susan Pipkin, Don Leutz, Mary and Kevin Flanigan and Claudia Weiler Meyer.

More than 250 members of the Los Altos High School classes of 1958-1975 convened at Cupertino’s Blackberry Farm May 14 to reunite with old friends and mentors and share memories of their high school years.

Former student Patti Palmer told former French instructor Marilyn Young how her French class and other meetings with Young had inspired her to travel to France multiple times, with another trip scheduled this year. Jane Fuchs, Holiday Matchett and Allyson Johnson – all from the Class of 1962 – recalled performing “Macbeth” in Claire Pelton’s English class and took turns reciting quotations from the three witches’ incantations and Lady Macbeth’s mad scene. Others gathered around U.S. history teacher Ken Bruce and fondly remembered his charges up San Juan Hill.

International Dance Festival commemorates anniversary

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate its fifth anniversary with dance performances, workshops and open master classes Aug. 6-13.

Events for professional/advanced dancers and those who want to learn with artist/teachers are slated at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

Dogs support, comfort veterans through Operation Freedom Paws

Chuck Lindauer/ Special to the Town Crier
A veteran interacts with Princess, his service dog from Operation Freedom Paws.

The May 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting went to the dogs as members learned of the role service animals play in the lives of veterans.

Two large dogs – a pit bull mix and a black Labrador – demonstrated how they support U.S. veterans returning home from war zones. Mary Cortani, founder and executive director of Operation Freedom Paws, teaches returning vets and others with disabilities to train their own dogs and become certified as service dog teams. The therapeutic canine-human relationship enables vets to regain hope and reintegrate in their communities.


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