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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”).

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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.

Summer of Service offers volunteer experience, skills for Los Altos youth


The Summer of Service program at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose promotes community service. The Community Outreach Team sorts food donations at The Health Trust.

Those joyous and memorable summers at camp often come to an end when kids become teenagers. The Summer of Service program, however, enables teens to continue making summer camp memories as they log volunteer hours.

Local Young Men's Service League chapter commemorates first year of philanthropy


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Members of the Rancho Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League recently marked their first year serving and supporting those in need in the community.

Mothers and sons in the Rancho Chapter of the Young Men’s Service League recently celebrated their first year of philanthropic involvement in the community.

Formed in 2001, the national Young Men’s Service League currently has 64 chapters in 10 states, with more than 3,200 mothers and 3,500 sons. The Rancho Chapter, launched in May 2015, enrolled 98 young men in grades 9 and 10 and their mothers. The group plans to add a new class each year until grades 9-12 are represented. Members come from Los Altos, Sunnyvale, Cupertino and the surrounding areas.

Rotary Club of Los Altos partners with Foothill College to serve vets


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The above rendering depicts the veterans plaza proposed for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. The Rotary Club of Los Altos has raised more than $135,000 for the project.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken up the mantle of assisting hundreds of Foothill College student-veterans.

To date, Rotarians have raised more than $300,000 for a variety of programs and services offered through the college’s Veterans Resource Center.

CSA's GIVE65 fundraiser supports local seniors

Community Services Agency is scheduled to participate in the inaugural GIVE65 Event, a 65-hour online fundraiser that runs through 4 p.m. Thursday.

The event is an initiative of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, a crowd-fundraising platform focused exclusively on helping nonprofit organizations generate funds for programs and services benefiting seniors.


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