Show the write stuff: Margaret Thompson essay contest ramps up

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are co-sponsoring the 31st annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, open to third- through sixth-graders who live in the area and/or attend local schools. Students who are home-schooled may also participate.

The theme of this year’s contest highlights the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” which explores the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveals the inventors and risk-takers behind the evolution.


No bones about it: Pets also can suffer from osteoarthritis

Inflammation within the joints, known as osteoarthritis, is common in older dogs and cats. It is a slowly evolving disease with development of joint pain, stiffness and limitation of motion.


Pet of the Week

Heidi, a 20-year-old quarter horse mare, needs a new owner. Heidi, who currently boards at Westwind Community Barn in Los Altos Hills, is used in the 4-H riding program for children with disabilities. She sustained a leg injury three years ago that limits her participation in the program, but she is capable of walking on flat trails. She’s described as having a gentle disposition. For more information, call Nancy Couperus at 941-4808 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


LAH offers emergency training

The Los Altos Hills County Fire District has scheduled introductory Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) workshops 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 and March 14 at town hall, 25379 W. Fremont Road.

PEP workshops for seniors are slated 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 21 at town hall.


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.


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