Animal Assisted Happiness measures success by the smile

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Animal Assisted Happiness co-founder Vicki Amon Higa, in green, escorts a young rider on a miniature horse. The nonprofit organization provides opportunities for children to interact with animals.

If the mere thought of a sheep, goat, pig or miniature horse makes you smile, imagine the impact on a curious child, a lonely senior citizen or an injured veteran when he or she comes into direct contact with animals.

The Los Altos-based nonprofit Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) facilitates that contact. The group’s mission statement is in the name itself: to bring joy and, at times, a much-needed therapeutic lift with the aid of some four-legged friends. Contact with animals is a huge benefit for the special-needs community, whose members often feel marginalized because of their disabilities.


Los Altos Golf & Country Club primps, expands with new $14 million facelift

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The new Sequoia Room at Los Altos Golf & Country Club accommodates up to 120 people.

Proving the adage that some things improve with age, Los Altos Golf & Country Club recently completed a $14.1 million addition and renovation on the heels of its 90th birthday.

Although the 155-acre facility has undergone numerous remodels since its establishment off Loyola Drive in the unincorporated area near Los Altos in 1923, the latest additions expand facilities and upgrade amenities for the club’s 425 proprietary members, social members and special-event guests.


More emergency preparedness training slated

The Los Altos Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has scheduled emergency response trainings 6-9 p.m. April 16, 23 and 30 and May 7 and 14 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos.

A graduation ceremony is slated May 31 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.


'FBI's Indiana Jones' tells tales of art heists


Robert Wittman, billed as the “FBI’s Indiana Jones,” addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 18, telling true tales about tracking down art thieves.

His presentation, “USA vs. Art Thieves: True Tales from the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones,” highlighted his 20-year career with the FBI, during which he recovered more than $300 million worth of stolen art and cultural property.


Neutra House architect speaker series features Kundig

Tom Kundig, principal and owner of the Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects, is scheduled to headline the 2014 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture + Design Speaker Series, “Speaking Modernism,” 6 p.m. Thursday in the Social Hall at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

A catered reception follows at the Los Altos Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.


Relay For Life committee ramps up for 2014

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Walkers participate in the 2013 Relay For Life.

The 11th Annual Relay For Life/Los Altos is scheduled June 14-15 on the Egan Junior High School track and field, 100 W. Portola Ave.

Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, features teams of people from families, schools, organizations and local companies who walk the track and camp overnight.


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