Packard Foundation hosts Youth Champions incubator

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Delegates interact at a Packard Foundation-sponsored Youth Champions incubator on ideas for advancing reproductive health education.

It was a first for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – the convening of young reproductive health advocates in Los Altos for a weeklong Youth Champions Initiative incubator last month.

Susan Packard Orr, chair of the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees, said the organization’s desire to support emerging leaders and its 50-year commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights – beginning with a grant to Planned Parenthood at the foundation’s first board meeting in 1964 – inspired the event.


Los Altos residents organize annual concert to support the blind and visually impaired

Courtesy of Nancy Gill
The new year kicks off with a benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, organized by Los Altos residents Nancy and Steve Gill. Steve is pictured above with daughter Anne.

Los Altos residents Steve and Nancy Gill have scheduled their 14th Benefit Concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

The concert – with the theme “Harold Who?” – will feature the music of Harold Arlen, composer of “Old Black Magic,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” among many other American classics.


It's not too late to give to this year's Town Crier Holiday Fund campaign

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in its 15th year assisting local nonprofit organizations that directly serve those in the community with the most pressing needs.

Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised approximately $2.2 million.


Dance festival introduces winter workshops

Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Veteran modern dance artist Leslie Friedman, above, and The Lively Foundation are slated to host two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” this month. The sessions are open to seasoned dancers – and those who fancy themselves dancers.

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley Dance has scheduled two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” 12:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6-9 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The two sessions of master classes are open to dancers and nondancers. Classes include Salsa (no partner needed), Line Dancing (no partner needed), Dunham Technique, Pilates Mat and Contemporary.


Community Briefs

Federated Woman’s Club hosts coldworking talk

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Johnathon Schmuck to discuss coldworking, blowing perfused tiles of glass, at its meeting today at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. The club’s business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon at the presentation at 1 p.m.

Schmuck received a Fulbright scholarship to the Canberra School of Art in Australia. He is the author of “The Joy of Coldworking,” a book about grinding, smoothing and polishing blown and fused glass. He has a studio in Santa Cruz and teaches the art of glass blowing. He runs the kilnforming and coldworking programs at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose.


It's free, fun and gets you fit

The city of Los Altos’ annual New Year’s Day Fun Run is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Main and State streets. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race – with laps around Main, State and First streets – is open to people of all ages and abilities. The race is for walkers, runners and strollers only – bicycles are not allowed. Pets are permitted on leash. The event, held rain or shine, will include music and refreshments. Admission is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call 947-2790.


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