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Child Advocates provides stability and hope for at-risk children

Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Ann Oliver of Los Altos, left, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Colette, right, through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

• Mission: Child Advocates’ mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice in their lives. The agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who work with children in the dependency system. Each CASA volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child and acts as a mentor, advocate and caring friend for that child.

The nonprofit focuses on “8 Key Areas of Support” for achieving positive outcomes: education, trust and relationship building, self-esteem building, healthy choices and behaviors, developmental milestones/independent living skills, new experiences, cultural/community events and extracurricular activities.

Los Altos clubs join forces to salute local veterans for miltary service

Photos courtesy of Jerry Tomanek
Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen, left, and U.S. Navy commanding officer Raymond Stromberger, right, speak at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 10.

Flags flew high as the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs honored 46 local veterans from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Garden House at Shoup Park Nov. 10.

Rotarian Dick Henning opened the program, telling the vets that the service club members appreciated their military service and recognized that “freedom is not free.”

Art historian paints picture of Impressionism in Morning Forum talk


Art historian Brigid Barton, Ph.D., offered her impressions of the rise of Impressionism in the presentation “The New Paris and Impressionism” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 15.

Barton is Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Clara University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She also teaches in the Stanford University Continuing Studies program and at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She studied at Columbia University’s Barnard College and earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley.

After 20 years, Day Worker Center serves as 'beacon' in Mtn. View

Courtesy of Jack Owicki
Mountain View City Councilman Ken Rosenberg honors Day Worker Center Executive Director Maria Marroquin at the center’s 20th anniverary celebration.

Employers come to the Day Worker Center in Mountain View to find casual labor – movers, gardeners and cleaners. Workers come in search of a safe space, where rates are negotiated and people can watch each other’s backs.

But they are not the only ones who turn to the center, which after 20 years in operation has become a site of community organizing and advocacy for residents of all kinds.

Downtown Los Altos art exhibitions usher in the holiday season: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
“Autumn, Aspen and Evergreen” is one of several Karen White paintings on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos. Her exhibition features oil paintings created over the past year.

Following is roundup of local arts events and exhibitions.

Viewpoints Gallery

Karen White is the featured artist for the month of December at Viewpoints Gallery. Her exhibition, which runs through Dec. 31, features oil paintings created over the past year.

MERIT program helps teachers incorporate technology

Courtesy of KCI
Members of this year's MERIT graduating class gather for a group photo earlier this year.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2016 update: The MERIT program has always been an incubator for the wide array of innovative professional development programs offered at KCI. Administrators continue to update the curriculum according to educational trends, and this year added a focus on computer science, computational thinking and design thinking.

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