Local real estate group creates scholarship fund for U.S. veterans

Courtesy of sILVAR
The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors hosted the “Realtors Honor Veterans” event to raise money for its new Veterans Scholarship Fund. Pictured, from left, are Lehua Greenman, Chris Isaacson, Joe Brown, Warren Slocum, Larry Tringali, Steve Trolan, Joe Simitian, Tom Gordon, Bill Weseloh, Mike Frangadakis, Kelly Hutter, Derrick Felton, Bill Moody and Frank Limon.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors saluted U.S. veterans at its “Realtors Honor Veterans” event, held Sept. 23 at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club.

The event raised more than $37,000 for the SILVAR Veterans Scholarship Fund, a new component of the Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation’s focus on education. The fund supports U.S. veterans and dependents of deceased veterans residing in the local trade association’s traditional service area who wish to further their education.


Community Briefs

Nominees sought for volunteer awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Ballet legend headlines Saturday fundraiser

Western Ballet in Mountain View is hosting an appearance by the legendary ballet teacher Nina Novak 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 3) at the school, 914 N. Rengstorff Ave. The event, a fundraiser for the ballet, also features Jose Gamero, Carolina Machado-Gamero and Maykel Solas alongside the Western Ballet ensemble.

Novak was an acclaimed ballerina who was spared from a World War II prison camp and later danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 

Tickets are $25, $15 for students. For more information, visit or call (650) 968-4455. 

westernballetAt right, Nina Novak dances with Alexi Zubiria in Paquita in 1982.  

Fall festival brings food and fun to downtown Los Altos this weekend

The 24th annual Los Altos Fall Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

Organized by the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the event features arts, crafts, food, live entertainment, children’s activities and a classic car show.


Holiday help for the poor: UPC gathers items for Operation Christmas Child

Photo courtesy of Kristina Clark
Union Presbyterian volunteers Jeannie Waltz, left, and Glenda Strombom are helping with Operation Christmas Child, which involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos hosted a packing party last month for Operation Christmas Child, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children in developing countries.

Church members have packed 112 shoeboxes with donated hygiene items, toys and school supplies. Each box costs $7 to ship.


More music, munchies at downtown First Friday event

The next downtown Los Altos First Friday special event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday. First Friday is a monthly promotional event intended to increase the vibrancy of the downtown.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


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