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Community

Woman's club shines spotlight on human trafficking

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled a presentation on human trafficking May 6 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the presentation at 1 p.m.

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City rewards volunteers for efforts


Courtesy of the city of Los Altos
Daniel McCandless, right, poses with his mother after receiving the Phyllis Semple Award for his volunteer work at the Los Altos Senior Center. McCandless has volunteered for more than two years.

The city of Los Altos celebrated its 227 volunteers April 16 with a buffet dinner and award ceremony.

City representatives estimated that volunteers contributed nearly 12,000 hours of work in 2014. At the thank-you event, city representatives awarded volunteers who contributed more than 100 each.

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Photo of the Week


Jeanne Basart submitted this iPhone photo from a recent vacation she and her husband took to Charleston, S.C. “We’d driven to the Francis Beidler Audubon Preserve to tour the swamp there, and were thrilled to capture this photo of a barred owl that swooped down and settled in a tree about 6 feet from us, showing no fear whatsoever. On our way out of the preserve, we met three professional photographers with $20,000 worth of equipment who hadn’t got a good shot of anything, so we felt very lucky to have this photo. Just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.”

The Town Crier invites readers of all ages to submit their favorite photos of any subject for next week’s “Photo of the Week.” Email entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Include your name, type of camera used, description of the photo and your inspiration for taking it.

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LACF disburses more than $50K to local nonprofit organizations

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded more than $50,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit agencies that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The project and operational grants benefit the communities in areas such as health, assisting vulnerable populations, youth, diversity training and support, arts and culture, and community building.

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Community Briefs

Circle of Support event set for Friday

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley’s 12th annual Circle of Support Luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The organization is slated to honor Los Altos Hills resident and domestic violence prevention researcher Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., MPH, at the event. Ismailji is co-founder and president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, which works to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse.

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Altruism, adventure in Africa: Los Altos couple relates experiences in new book


Courtesy of Wendy Walleigh
Rick and Wendy Walleigh spent a year and a half in Swaziland and Kenya.

Los Altos residents Rick and Wendy Walleigh experienced long, successful high-tech careers. But retirement? No, it was time for an encore.

Leaving the corporate world behind by 2005, the Walleighs pursued encore careers that effected positive social change. In 2006, they joined TechnoServe, an international development company focusing on what it calls “business solutions to poverty.” Accepting wages at a fraction of their previous salaries, the Walleighs offered their skills – Wendy’s in marketing, Rick’s in business consulting – to help Africans improve theirs.

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