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Menorah-lighting event scheduled today

Los Altos Chabad has scheduled a Community Menorah Lighting 4:30 p.m. today at Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

With the theme “Light Up the Night,” the event will celebrate Hanukkah, which begins today. Festivities will include hot latkes, Hanukkah music and dreidels. Participants can design their own Hanukkah ceramic and menorah candles and make other crafts.

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Volunteers honored at 32nd annual luncheon


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This year’s honorees are, from left: (back row) Ron Packard, Tracie Murray, Scott Overstreet, Kathy Evans, Michael Schuh, Ruth Patrick, Elena Shea; (front row) Steve Anderson, Dick Duhring and Judie Suelzle.

The cities of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills recognized local volunteers for their service last week, honoring their commitment to devote their time and skills to improving the community.

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ALearn founder Hanson named Los Altan of the Year


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Kathryn Hanson speaks at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting in 2013. Hanson, founder of ALearn, is the Town Crier’s choice for 2014 Los Altan of the Year.

The Town Crier has named Kathryn Hanson its Los Altan of the Year for 2014.

Hanson, a 33-year Los Altos resident, founded the nonprofit organization ALearn, which has prepared more than 6,500 local underserved youth for college.

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Plenty of changes, challenges ahead for CHAC


Longtime CHAC executive director Monique Kane is planning to retire in June.

Change – in more than one way – is coming to the Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC).

Among them is a future leadership change for the 41-year-old agency, a Town Crier Holiday Fund recipient since 2003 that provides a host of counseling services on a sliding pay scale to children and families in 33 Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale schools. Executive Director Monique Kane, who has spent 28 years at CHAC, announced her plans to retire earlier this year. Kane, who has served as executive director for the past 14 years, is slated to retire at the end of June.

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CSMA students with autism find connection through art



Autistic students discover the freedom and fun that comes with expressing oneself during an Artistic Intelligence music class at the Community School for Music and Arts in Mountain View. Ellie VanHoutte/Town Crier

Like the magic of a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, the Community School of Music and Arts helps autistic children and disabled adults uncover their artistic potential and connect to the world around them through creative expression.

The transformation is particularly evident in participants of the organization’s Artistic Intelligence program.

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Reach Potential Movement empowers low-income families


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A volunteer helps a student in Reach Potential Movement’s Reading Readiness Program.

Amandeni Guzman, known by co-workers as the “child whisperer,” wasn’t always that way.

While still in high school, she attended boxing at the Gateway Neighborhood Center, where Reach Potential Movement runs some of its programs, and asked what the nonprofit organization’s students were doing in classroom areas of the center.

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