Efforts of LA resident make progress in poor country

Courtesy of Andrew Lederer
Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, right, co-founder of Build a School in Burma, offers a helping hand to a farmer in Burma.

The Town Crier featured an article last week on the work of Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma (BSB). Since its launch in 2011, the organization has built eight schools, with two more under construction and one ready to begin construction in 2015. The following Q&A explores Lederer’s work in greater detail.


Community Briefs

CSA’s Myers speaks at Federated Woman’s Club

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency, to speak at its meeting Feb. 4 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Myers’ presentation at 1 p.m.


Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatement to claim that Cory Althoff’s new late-night transportation service – Midnight Express – happened overnight.

Just before Christmas, Althoff, a Los Altos resident, was joking with his buddies about the lack of affordable transportation options for returning home to the South Bay from a night on the town in San Francisco. Their banter resulted in the new transportation service.


Los Altos resident's 2015 resolution: Build another school in Myanmar

Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer is co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma, which has built eight schools, has two under construction and plans another one this year.

Longtime Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer and Bob Cornwell of San Francisco made a New Year’s resolution for 2015 to educate of hundreds of children who live 8,000 miles away in Myanmar.

Lederer and Cornwell, previous Peace Corps volunteers, first traveled together to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, in 1996 and observed many aspects of the country, including an abundance of children and a paucity of schools in rural areas.


Save the Date

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Feb. 6

First Friday festivities, 6-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The Los Altos Forward-hosted event will feature evening shopping, live entertainment, refreshments, contests and more. Information:


World Harmony Chorus sings globally, appears locally

The World Harmony Chorus is scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The World Harmony Chorus is a community chorus open to teens and adults of all experience levels – from beginners to seasoned choral singers. Participation in the chorus requires no audition. Members learn a repertoire of songs from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities and folk traditions around the world, including selections from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.


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