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Families receive special back-to-school donations


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Local students collect free backpacks and school supplies last week at the Community Services Agency’s back-to-school event.

Dozens of children and their parents streamed into the Community Services Agency (CSA) in Mountain View Aug. 13 to accept back-to-school gifts – backpacks, school supplies and $20 vouchers for the purchase of new shoes.

Approximately 500 local elementary through high school students received supplies. To qualify for the program, families must be registered CSA clients with incomes that verify their need.

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Hidden Villa event celebrates spunky heroines

A storytelling program for children, “Let the Princess Rescue Herself: Spunky Heroines in the World’s Folk Tales,” is scheduled 1-2 p.m. Sunday in the Dana Building at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

Enid Davis – children’s librarian, storyteller, author and folklorist – will lead the free program, which will focus on folktales from around the world featuring spunky heroines. Davis has worked as a librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District and as library director for The Harker School in San Jose.

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Back to School: Tips, kits and a poem

B2S salad fmtLos Altos teachers are readying their rooms this week for the coming onslaught of students, and parents are digging back out lunch boxes and pencil cases (do we still use those?) And here in the newsroom, Town Crier writers offered a slate of back-to-school resources this week for local readers:

Learn about the history behind Los Altos' school lunch programs – plus tips from parents

Mountain View's "Nurse Barb" offers health tips for students starting out in college, with a special focus on starting the parent/child conversations that can be awkward but essential

Hollis Bischoff starts off a new year of college-readiness with a column on when and why to look beyond the UC system for local students

Ana Homayoun has organizational strategies that minimize the sweat and stress of back-to-school adjustment

And you'll find more, all in the Town Crier's Back to School section, on newsstands this week. 

Los Altos dance teacher receives award from national magazine


Courtesy of Jim Carter
Los Altos resident Jane Carter poses with her award in New York last month.

Los Altos resident Jane Carter traveled to New York last month to accept one of four 2014 Dance Teacher of the Year Awards from Dance Teacher Magazine.

The national award recognized Carter’s skill in nurturing young dancers at her private studio, Dance Academy USA in Cupertino.

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Save the Date

Sept. 12

“Rock Back the Clock,” dinner-dance benefiting the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6-10 p.m. at Rancho Shopping Center, Springer Road and Foothill Expressway. Information: losaltos- parade.com.

Sept. 19

“Hometown Heroes,” fundraising breakfast for the Community Services Agency, 7:15-9 a.m. at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. Information: csacares.org.

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Packard family daughters to headline history presentation in Los Altos Hills

In its continuing program of public events recognizing the heritage of Los Altos Hills, the Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled a presentation by Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard, daughters of Lucile and David Packard, 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The siblings, who grew up in Los Altos Hills before it became the Silicon Valley of today, will share their memories of their town, schools, friends and family life and how their family values and legacy influenced and helped shape the region and the world. They will discuss their current work, local projects, research and care of the environment and its worldwide effect.

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