Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One of those things has already arrived.

The center, which assists on-campus veterans in accessing GI benefits, relocated to Building 5400 one week before the start of the fall quarter in mid-September. The new 880-square-foot location is more than double the size of the original office. As a result, the center, which features a lounge, a computer lab and onsite school counselors, has started to gain popularity with on-campus veterans as a social hub where they can do homework, meet fellow veterans or stop by to grab a quick snack.


Downtown College Prep creates nurturing environment for students

Downtown College Prep’s El Camino Middle School students create set-design concepts for an upcoming theater production. Traci Newell/ Town Crier

Downtown College Prep aims to create a safe learning environment for students, beginning in sixth grade and continuing as they work toward graduating from high school.

This year, Downtown College Prep opened its first middle-school program in the San Jose Unified School District at El Camino Middle School.


ALearn boosts academic skills of local underserved students

ALearn students, from left, Abdaly Perez, Daniela De La Cruz, Herla Carrera and Cheyenne Holloway from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District share their dreams during a reception earlier this year at Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. Courtesy of ALearn

Glenda might never have made it to Chapman University without ALearn, which provides innovative math and college-readiness programs to underrepresented middle- and high-school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

“Glenda came from a family where she would be the first to go to college, and she wasn’t sure she would go until she was in the program,” said Kathryn Hanson, ALearn’s founder and CEO. “Now she’s a junior at Chapman.”


El Camino Hospital, March of Dimes commemorate World Prematurity Day

Courtesy of Jennifer Thrift/El Camino Hospital
Members of El Camino Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit gather to show support for the March of Dimes on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17. The special day is part of a monthlong campaign to raise awareness of premature births and related health risks.

El Camino Hospital and the March of Dimes joined forces to spotlight the health problem of preterm birth on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17. November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

Prematurity, defined as birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the leading cause of newborn death in California.


LA artist's work on display in 2 shows

Courtesy of Joseph Fuchs
This Joseph Fuchs oil is titled “Eventide.” Fuchs has 40 works on display through early January.

Los Altos artist Joseph Fuchs is slated to show 40 of his oil paintings and drawings in two concurrent shows at Cafe Zoe locations in Redwood City and Menlo Park.

The Redwood City show at 2047 Broadway St. runs through Jan. 6. The Menlo Park display at 1929 Menalto Ave. is scheduled through Jan. 5. A reception for the artist is set for 1-3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Menlo Park location.


Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is Dec. 5 – Who will receive honors this year?

Clyde Noel/Special to the Town Crier
Joint Community Volunteer Service Award honorees for 2013 included, front row, from left: Lenelle Smith, Pat Ley, Nomi Trapnell, Suzanne Epstein and Bobbie Huston. Back: David Struthers, Kristen Fuller, David Casas, Rochelle Bochner and Steve Lohr. Not pictured is honoree Allan Epstein.

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee has scheduled its 32nd annual awards luncheon noon Dec. 5 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

Committee members will honor individuals and organizations whose volunteer service benefited the communities of Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.


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