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Volunteers support fight against spinal disease


Courtesy of Marge Shively
Volunteers supporting Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy include, from left, Annemarie Rosengreen, Jane Halligan, Nancy Traficanti, Judy William, Irene Ogowa (in back), Don McCauley and Nancy Cook.

For the past 13 years, local friends have gathered for an annual “stuffing party” to prepare mailings in support of fundraisers for the nonprofit Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (FSMA). The most recent mailing promotes the 12th annual Northern California Walk-n-Roll Aug. 23 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

According to FSMA representatives, SMA is the leading genetic killer of children under 2. The disease destroys the nerves that control voluntary movement. Children born with SMA may never crawl, walk or even lift their heads.

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Be "CERT-ain" about preparedness


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Los Altos residents learn first aid during a CERT training session last year.

The Los Altos Block Action Team has scheduled a series of fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings to prepare local residents for emergencies.

The sessions are slated 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos.

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Helix Los Altos, Nature Gallery co-host happy hour that rocks

Helix Los Altos continues its happy hour series for adults 6-8 p.m. Aug. 22 with “Structure and Formation,” a two-site event co-hosted by Helix and Nature Gallery in collaboration with Silicon Valley Nexus.

Scheduled guests include artist Cris Benton, geologist Naomi Marks and science communicator Nicole Kurtz. They will present projects that explore the Earth’s landscape from the depths of the oceans to its surface.

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Villa Siena fundraiser features 1950s theme

The Villa Siena Foundation has scheduled its annual fundraiser, “Back to the ’50s Night,” 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Villa Siena Courtyard, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The evening will include dinner and entertainment. Activities include a sock hop, music by The Come Back Buddy Band, photos with classic cars and a costume contest. Guests are encouraged to attend in 1950s wear.

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For the curious among us: An introduction to nearly everything


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The Los Altos main library has scheduled the series “Big History,” which offers an overview of the cosmos from a scientific point of view, including a review of the Big Bang.

The Los Altos Library has scheduled the series “Big History” for residents of all ages who are curious about the history of the cosmos, Earth, life and humanity.

All programs are scheduled 7-9 p.m. in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

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Writing project seeks next great author

The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland libraries, has joined forces with JukePop Inc. and Black Hill Press to promote writing and reading with the launch of the Summer Writing Project.

A collaborative effort to identify up-and-coming literary talent, the Summer Writing Project provides aspiring authors the opportunity to create novellas (written, fictional narratives normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) and submit them one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.

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