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Do the math: Music for Minors enhances learning for thousands

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Half of the students Music for Minors serves attend socioeconomically disadvantaged schools that would not otherwise have music education. Research documents the many benefits of music education for young children, including enhanced abstract reasoning skills required for math.

• Mission: Music for Minors nurtures in children a lifelong love of music by providing music education programs in elementary schools.

• 2016 update: Founded in 1976 in Los Altos, Music for Minors has continued to deepen and expand its reach and now serves 25,000 Bay Area children with weekly, comprehensive music education. The organization provides students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade with a program of diverse, high-quality musical experiences that is engaging and participatory, based on state music education standards, a foundation for further choral and instrumental music education and cost-effective (regardless of district/school resources).

CHAC aims to bring children, families back from the brink

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Community Health Awareness Council programs provide support for families with children from infancy through the teenage years. CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year.

• Mission: The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for children and families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and surrounding communities.

• 2016 update: CHAC programs and therapists helped avert suicide in dozens of cases this year. Drug and alcohol abuse continues to be a serious problem. There was increased use of prescription drugs in schools and in the community. In the coming year, CHAC plans to address the increasing demand for mental health services in schools and integrate technology to more efficiently serve the community.

Kids with autism benefit from exposure to arts in CSMA program

The Artistic Intelligence program at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View benefit from participation in both music and the visual arts. The program receives much of its funding from Holiday Fund donations.

• Mission: Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) promotes art and music education for students of all ages and abilities. The Holiday Fund almost exclusively funds the organization’s Artistic Intelligence program, which offers students with special needs classes in art, music and dance three days a week, September through April. Participants develop friendships and community outside their typical one-on-one teaching scenarios.

At the conclusion of each season, students participate in a ceremony recognizing their successful completion of the programs through the presentation of awards.

Author of book chronicling Holocaust heroism slated for talk tonight at LAUMC

Bay Area author Marty Brounstein is scheduled to share his tribute to his personal heroes, Frans and Mien Wijnakker – a Dutch couple who harbored Jews during the Holocaust – 7 p.m. today in the Creekside Building at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The histories of major events and leaders over the centuries tend to be written long after the event, when the complete information is available and the participants are in a position to disclose and describe the details of the experience.

Barbara Emerich: Longtime Los Altos resident was dedicated advocate for schools, children


Barbara Emerich, longtime Los Altos resident and prominent advocate for social justice, died Oct. 7 after a short illness. She was 96.

Community Briefs

Downtown celebration set for Friday

November’s First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos, will include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and special promotions.

Friday’s event will feature discounts on merchandise and services; restaurant happy hours; and Club 55, the pop-up club for residents 55 and up, on the back patio at the Costume Bank at 169 State St. The club will offer wine tasting and appetizers.

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