LEAD program kicks off with Saturday workshop

The Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) program, which provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The foundation developed the LEAD course in 1996 to provide information on how the community operates and to encourage involvement.


SVCF grants fight predatory loans, boost immigrants, students

Silicon Valley Community Foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to support organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties that combat predatory lending practices, help immigrants learn English and improve disadvantaged students’ skills in mathematics.

Grant amounts range from $20,000 to $237,000 and are spread among three of the foundation’s grantmaking focus areas: economic security, immigration and education.


Community Briefs

World Affairs Council tackles ivory trafficking

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled a discussion on “Ivory Trafficking: An International Crisis” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

David J. Hayes, vice chairman of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, will describe the killing and poaching of elephants to obtain their ivory tusks for trafficking. Hayes will address how the practice, the fourth-largest illegal business in the world, could undermine international security.


Nobel Prize-winning Stanford chemist brings small things into focus

L.A. CiCero/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and Stanford professor W.E. Moerner, pictured with wife Sharon and son Daniel, received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in developing microscopy techniques to view molecular processes in real time.

The ability to dive deeper and visualize the inner workings of cells at a molecular level is central to modern research and medicine. Los Altos resident W.E. Moerner, Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University, received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in developing the microscopy techniques that make this possible. Moerner received his prize at the Dec. 10 Nobel ceremony in Stockholm.

Moerner shares the recognition, and the $1.1 million prize, with Eric Betzig of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany.


AAUW speakers promote women's health and safety


Two local branches of the American Association of University Women are joining forces to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

The Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto AAUW branches, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, have scheduled a program on women’s health and safety 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.


Town Crier Holiday Fund experiences record year


There is still time to donate to this year’s Town Crier Holiday Fund. The campaign runs through the end of January.

The fund, which supports the work of 20 local nonprofit groups, has already raised more this year than any other year in its 15-year history.


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