Abilities United's Authors Luncheon sets new record of $340K

Photos Courtesy of Wendy Kuehnl/Abilities United
Paula Rini of Los Altos, left, and Rachel Segars of Palo Alto served as co-chairwomen of the Authors Luncheon 2014.

Abilities United’s annual Authors Luncheon raised a record $340,000 at the 23rd annual event, held Nov. 1 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto.


Community Briefs

Gingerbread houses on display this week

The city of Los Altos’ 27th annual Gingerbread House display is scheduled 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Celebrity Forum hosts Anderson Cooper in January

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series features a varied lineup of newsmakers that appear for three consecutive nights.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series. Founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.


Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One of those things has already arrived.

The center, which assists on-campus veterans in accessing GI benefits, relocated to Building 5400 one week before the start of the fall quarter in mid-September. The new 880-square-foot location is more than double the size of the original office. As a result, the center, which features a lounge, a computer lab and onsite school counselors, has started to gain popularity with on-campus veterans as a social hub where they can do homework, meet fellow veterans or stop by to grab a quick snack.


Downtown College Prep creates nurturing environment for students

Downtown College Prep’s El Camino Middle School students create set-design concepts for an upcoming theater production. Traci Newell/ Town Crier

Downtown College Prep aims to create a safe learning environment for students, beginning in sixth grade and continuing as they work toward graduating from high school.

This year, Downtown College Prep opened its first middle-school program in the San Jose Unified School District at El Camino Middle School.


ALearn boosts academic skills of local underserved students

ALearn students, from left, Abdaly Perez, Daniela De La Cruz, Herla Carrera and Cheyenne Holloway from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District share their dreams during a reception earlier this year at Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. Courtesy of ALearn

Glenda might never have made it to Chapman University without ALearn, which provides innovative math and college-readiness programs to underrepresented middle- and high-school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

“Glenda came from a family where she would be the first to go to college, and she wasn’t sure she would go until she was in the program,” said Kathryn Hanson, ALearn’s founder and CEO. “Now she’s a junior at Chapman.”


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