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.


LAH residents invited to take New Year's walk in hills

Former Pathways Committee Chairwoman Eileen Gibbons is scheduled to lead a New Year’s Day walk for Los Altos Hills residents, meeting 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Purissima Park baseball field parking lot, near the riding ring, 27500 Purissima Road.

The 2.5-mile route will offer views of the Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.


WOMEN/SV domestic violence program joins Family & Children Services


WOMEN/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is scheduled to become part of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley next month, an effort to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support and training program services throughout northern Santa Clara County.

WOMEN/SV, founded in 2011 by Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities and training professionals throughout the county to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since its inception, the program has served more than 200 domestic violence victims.


Community Briefs

Course trains local leaders

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 course in 1996 to provide information on how the community operates and to encourage involvement.


Veterinarians offer advice for keeping pets safe over holidays

Traci Newell/Town Crier
The holidays present a number of hazards for pets. Be sure to secure electrical cords to keep playful cats at bay.

During the holidays – when people tend to focus more on family and food – pets are often overlooked. But local veterinarians warn that the holiday season presents some of the greatest dangers to dogs and cats.


Searching for a Santa substitute: Rhyme on My Hands

Ah, the office Christmas party! Where, according to legend, anything goes. Well, at the party where this column’s poem was first recited, there was no booze and it was mid-morning in a conference room in the late 1960s. And, after what would essentially amount to a long coffee break, we all headed back to our desks.

A few months prior to the party in question, my wife, our three children and I had returned from an overseas assignment in the developing world. Like many advisers in those days, I came home with something no other member of the family could bring back – I cleared customs with a beard. Rejoining my old office gang, I soon learned that Elizabeth – a beloved colleague who was a maiden lady a dozen years my senior – hated the beard.


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