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Library offers bellydance class

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a Bellydance Fitness for All class for all ages and skill levels noon to 1 p.m. June 6, 20 and 27; July 25; and Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will learn the ancient art of Egyptian bellydance from Hala, a native professional, and partake in a full-body workout. Hala’s teaching method is based on Eastern and Western traditions.

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Recreation department hosts dinner, jazz event

The Los Altos Recreation & Community Services Department has scheduled “Dinner and Jazz on the Patio” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

The event will include a cooking demonstration of the evening’s menu items by chef Lamont Perriman. Diners may choose from thyme-roasted chicken, apricot-glazed salmon and spiced tofu, mushroom and kale steak.

Critic discusses why 'Great Gatsby' endures: Morning Forum of Los Altos


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Maureen Corrigan addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan explained why she and many others view “The Great Gatsby” as the greatest American novel in her presentation “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why It Endures” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Corrigan – author, book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” columnist for The Washington Post and English lecturer at Georgetown University – began her talk by confessing that when she first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as a high school student, she thought it “was just a boring book about rich people.”

SV@Home releases roadmap for local affordable housing

SV@Home, a nonprofit advocate for affordable housing, released its “Policy Roadmap: How Do We Tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis?” document May 13 at the launch of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week.

The document details a collaborative plan that lays out strategies and solutions for addressing the region’s challenging housing market.

MV signs proclamation; rent control proponents gathering signatures for Nov. 8 ballot measure

Mountain View officials last week signed an official Proclamation of Support for Affordable Housing Week.

Mountain View is part of a regional effort, joining seven other cities and Santa Clara County, in signing the proclamation and demonstrating renewed support for housing solutions. Others cities included Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

CSA executive director: New changes at agency reflect evolving needs


Skyrocketing housing costs and the resulting exodus of low-income residents has Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills readjusting its strategy: Rather than helping families stay in their homes, the nonprofit safety net wants to help stabilize their housing temporarily so that they can better prepare to leave the area.

“I’m not one that’s prone to hyperbole, but I will use the word ‘crisis’ right now when dealing with the housing situation,” said Tom Myers, CSA executive director, in a meeting last week with Town Crier staff.


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