Firefighters collect toys for children in need

Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
Los Altos firefighters display the types of toys they would like local residents to donate.

Local firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped gifts at their Los Altos and Los Altos Hills fire stations under the Community Toy Program.


Holiday Briefs

LAH hosts evening of Christmas caroling

The town of Los Altos Hills has scheduled a Christmas caroling and hiking event 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday in the Parks and Recreation building at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Visitors can join in singing carols, followed by a hike along a town pathway. No singing experience is necessary.


Los Altos Library livestreams talk by best-selling author Gerritsen

Best-selling author Tess Gerritsen is scheduled to appear via livestream 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

As part of the Library Talks series, Gerritsen will discuss her novels, including the Rizzoli & Isles series that inspired the TNT television show. She will take questions from the audience.


Rotary Club marks World AIDS Day with update on projects

John Hammerschmidt/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Arthur Ammann, M.D., addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Dec. 3 meeting, dedicated to reviewing the progress made in AIDS prevention and treatment.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos commemorated World AIDS Day last week with a special program dedicated to emphasizing the continued importance of HIV education and testing.

The Dec. 3 AIDS Day program featured three local trailblazers: Dushan “Dude” Angius, founder of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project; Richard Casey, president of Rotary’s AIDS Project; and Arthur Ammann, M.D., the immunologist who diagnosed the first case of pediatric AIDS at UC San Francisco.


CSA receives Google help for feeding seniors at upcoming holiday luncheon

Courtesy of Mountain View Senior Center
Seniors prepare to dine at their holiday luncheon at the Mountain View Senior Center, an annual event coordinated by Community Services Agency. Google Inc. is helping out with this year’s affair.

The high cost of living is not only driving out the area’s low-income residents, it’s also pushing out those who take care of them.

But Google Inc., a company considered one of the chief contributors to the high cost of living, is coming to the rescue of a Mountain View nonprofit group that helps those in need.


This bank helps residents get 'fit' for the holidays

Those looking to dress in something special for the holidays – elf outfit, anyone? – may find just what they’re looking for at the Costume Bank of Los Altos.

Located at 169 State St., the Costume Bank rents costumes for every occasion, with proceeds supporting the Assistance League of Los Altos’ philanthropic programs.


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