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Walk benefits victims of Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Courtesy of Marge Shively
The annual envelope-stuffing party among Cure SMA supporters, held June 27, included, from left, (front) Carolyn Ireland, Patty Mattio, Marge Shively, Judy William, Jeanne Spaulding; (back) Nancy Cook, Jane Halligan, Rory Kaplan, Marilyn Martin, Lois Rosenblum, Bette (last name not given), Ann Werry.

Marge and Jim Shively of Los Altos have steadfastly continued their fight against a disease that claimed the life of their granddaughter nearly 15 years ago.

They’re still raising money for and participating in the annual Walk-n-Roll for SMA, an event their daughter, Linda, started 14 years ago. Linda gave birth to Jessica, who was diagnosed at three months with the deadly and incurable Spinal Muscular Atrophy. It remains the No. 1 cause of death in infants, affecting a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, swallow and breathe.

A 'Glorious Fourth' in Los Altos


Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier

More than 500 attendees filled Shoup Park July 4, as Los Altos Community Foundation hosted its 15th annual Glorious Fourth community celebration. The festivities began with the Pledge of Allegiance and a few words from Mayors Jeannie Bruins and John Harpootlian of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, respectively. The crowd enjoyed patriotic tunes by Ye Olde Towne band and a rousing sing-along. Kids’ activities included Hula Hoop fun, pictured here, and traditional potato sack racing. Food, swinging sounds by the Unicorns and a visit from the county’s biggest fire engine rounded out the afternoon fun.

Antiques guru evaluates treasures at museum

Antiques adviser and appraiser Steve Yvaska is scheduled to headline the fundraiser “Let’s Talk Antiques” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Yvaska, author of “The Seasoned Collector” column in The Mercury News, will offer casual evaluations of one personal antique.

San Juan Sensations live up to their name at dance convention

Courtesy of San Juan Dance
The San Juan Sensations dance team members spent their Fourth of July participating in the eight-day Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held in Nashville.

The San Juan Sensations dance team represented Los Altos well after “sensational” performances at the 132nd Dance Masters of America National Convention and Competition, held June 30 to July 9 in Nashville.

Led by team director/choreographer, Jordan Micek, the 27 dancers from San Juan Dance in Los Altos competed in 32 routines against hundreds of dancers from across the United States and Canada.

Local vet: Dogs need teeth brushing, too: Pet Pause

Home oral hygiene can make a tremendous difference in your dog’s comfort and health. There are several home care oral hygiene options from which to choose, but keep in mind that anything you can do to help prevent plaque and tartar accumulation will pay big dividends. The most important thing is to provide home oral hygiene over the long haul – effort applied only occasionally or for a short period will be of no long-term benefit.

Listed below are some commonly used options for home oral hygiene that have been proven to be of benefit for dogs. Combining several methods will achieve the best results. All methods of home oral hygiene share the goal of preventing or controlling periodontal disease by minimizing plaque (bacterial film) accumulation, and preventing the mineralization of the plaque to form calculus (“tartar”).

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts gun violence forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a two-part forum on gun violence 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday and July 31 at the church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The forum, titled “From Despair to Hope: Our Active Response to Gun Violence in our Communities,” is designed for local residents who want to discuss what they can do to help alleviate gun violence.


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