What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet complication – fund many activities in which Girl Scouts are involved.

An important part of Scouting is gaining organizational and leadership skills, and increasing civic awareness through community service. One way to achieve this is through the Gold Award Project, a long-term, sustainable service project aimed at making a lasting impact. The award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.


Cub Scouts serve community

COurtesy of Pack 17
Cub Scout Pack 78 members showcase the kits they compiled for Community Services Agency at their December Pack meeting.

Cub Scouts Pack 78 raised more than $1,700 for Community Services Agency in December.

The Scouts purchased items for 72 homebound senior kits that contained pillboxes, calendars, file organizers, stress balls, calculators and shoe horns. They also assembled 48 health kits for low-income and homeless adults and children that included toothbrushes, first aid kits, antibacterial wipes, nail kits and other items.


LACF's grant application deadline nears

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 the communities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.


Silicon Valley Reads authors to appear in Los Altos

Three authors participating in the 2016 Silicon Valley Reads program are scheduled to appear in Los Altos in coming weeks to discuss their books. This year’s theme is “Chance of Rain: The Impact of Climate Change on Our Lives.”

• Benjamin Parzybok, author of “Sherwood Nation” (Small Beer Press, 2014), is slated to speak 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. His novel speculates about what an American city would look like if an extended drought limited water rations to one gallon of water per person per day.


Former water district CEO discusses desalination

Steve Pomeroy/Special to the Town Crier
Stan Williams, former Santa Clara Valley Water District CEO, addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos Jan. 28.


The need to find new water sources is critical, according to Stan Williams, vice president of project development for Poseidon Water in Carlsbad.


MV's HERO program enables homeowners to save water and energy


The Mountain View City Council recently launched the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, enabling homeowners to make energy- and water-efficiency improvements and pay for them over time through their property-tax bill.

Interest may be tax deductible, and homeowners may see savings on utility bills. Residents of Mountain View may now submit applications for HERO financing. Mountain View joins San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill in making the financing program available to local residents.


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