LACF accepts grant applications addressing community needs


The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting community grant applications through Tuesday.

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


Committee seeks nominees for volunteer service awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations of outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Talk focuses on integrating grasses in low-water lawns

Members of the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County are scheduled discuss integrating grasses in low-water landscapes 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. The group’s mission is to extend the ability of the local Cooperative Extension office to provide practical, scientific horticulture and gardening information.


Save the Date

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Through Sept. 24

Los Altos Farmers’ Market, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays on State Street between Second and Fourth streets. Information:


Los Altos Morning Forum speaker series underway; subscriptions available

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series launched this week with speaker Tim Farrell’s presentation on author Charles Dickens.

Founded in 1950, Morning Forum is an all-volunteer organization with 450 members. The series, which features a varied lineup of speakers and topics, is slated 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.


Kenyan immigrant sponsors book fund for African children

Courtesy of Foothills Congregational Church
After emigrating from Kenya with his family in 2007, Stanley Imbali, center, launched a book fund for African children in his home village. His church, Foothills Congregational, celebrated the family’s newfound status as U.S. citizens at its annual Fourth of July picnic.

In 2007, the United States granted immigration visas to six Kenyan citizens out of 46,000 applications. The seemingly impossible odds led to a life-changing opportunity for Stanley Imbali, now a member of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Through a series of fortunate coincidences, Imbali won the immigration lottery, enabling him, his wife and his children to move to California. He and his wife, Schola, are parents to Brian, 21, a pre-med student at UC Davis; Melous, 18, a freshman at Chico State University; Bruce, 12; and Tyra, 7, who was born in Africa soon after Imbali was granted the visas.


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