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Los Altos dance teacher receives award from national magazine


Courtesy of Jim Carter
Los Altos resident Jane Carter poses with her award in New York last month.

Los Altos resident Jane Carter traveled to New York last month to accept one of four 2014 Dance Teacher of the Year Awards from Dance Teacher Magazine.

The national award recognized Carter’s skill in nurturing young dancers at her private studio, Dance Academy USA in Cupertino.

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Save the Date

Sept. 12

“Rock Back the Clock,” dinner-dance benefiting the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6-10 p.m. at Rancho Shopping Center, Springer Road and Foothill Expressway. Information: losaltos- parade.com.

Sept. 19

“Hometown Heroes,” fundraising breakfast for the Community Services Agency, 7:15-9 a.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Information: csacares.org.

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Packard family daughters to headline history presentation in Los Altos Hills

In its continuing program of public events recognizing the heritage of Los Altos Hills, the Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled a presentation by Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard, daughters of Lucile and David Packard, 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The siblings, who grew up in Los Altos Hills before it became the Silicon Valley of today, will share their memories of their town, schools, friends and family life and how their family values and legacy influenced and helped shape the region and the world. They will discuss their current work, local projects, research and care of the environment and its worldwide effect.

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LACF accepting grant applications

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting grant applications through Sept. 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that directly serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.

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Community Briefs

LAVA sponsors outdoor movie nights

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled Friday outdoor movie nights on Main Street in downtown Los Altos throughout the month of August.

The events, which begin at 6 p.m., will also feature bounce houses, a face painter and a balloon artist. Movies begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.

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Volunteers support fight against spinal disease


Courtesy of Marge Shively
Volunteers supporting Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy include, from left, Annemarie Rosengreen, Jane Halligan, Nancy Traficanti, Judy William, Irene Ogowa (in back), Don McCauley and Nancy Cook.

For the past 13 years, local friends have gathered for an annual “stuffing party” to prepare mailings in support of fundraisers for the nonprofit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA). The most recent mailing promotes the 12th annual Northern California Walk-n-Roll Aug. 23 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

According to FSMA representatives, SMA is the leading genetic killer of children under 2. The disease destroys the nerves that control voluntary movement. Children born with SMA may never crawl, walk or even lift their heads.

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