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Rotary Club of Los Altos volunteers support villagers in remote Yucatan

Courtesy of David Smith/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Two volunteers with the Rotary Club of Los Altos recently visited Mayan children on the Yucatan Peninsula, part of an ongoing partnership with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes to provide education and basic necessities.

Many Los Altos families vacation in Cancun, but few have seen the poor Mayan villages along the Yucatan Peninsula. The Rotary Club of Los Altos set about to change that.

Members of the local Rotary Club have done more than visit the Yucatan area – they’ve pitched in to deliver books, computers, school supplies, LEGOs and smokeless cooking stoves to boost the quality of life in Mayan villages. Partnering with the nongovernmental organization Proyecto Itzaes, Rotarians have inspired a thirst for education among the Mayans and created a sense of community that didn’t previously exist in the remote villages.

Election 2016: Questions for Los Altos council candidates

A forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Six candidates are running for three seats in the Nov. 8 election. In advance of the forum, organizers have prepared questions for the candidates. Following is the first in a series of questions, with candidates answering one question in each issue of the Town Crier leading up to the election.

Girls discuss Tech Trek at AAUW meeting

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled its first meeting of the 2016-2017 membership year 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at Neutra House, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Local middle school girls who attended the Tech Trek science camp at Stanford University this summer will discuss their experiences.

Downtown Los Altos 'Cycle Saturday' to feature parking stations, bike valets

Asher Kohn/Town Crier
Voyageur du Temps in downtown Los Altos will serve as a bike parking station during “Cycle Saturday.” The cafe will offer a speedy service line and discounts for cyclists.

Los Altos’ inaugural “Cycle Saturday” is scheduled Saturday, with bike parking stations placed at four downtown coffee shop locations from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Los Altos Community Foundation offers grants and scholarships

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program, run by local teens, gave $10,000 to youth-focused nonprofit groups.

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded 234 grants and 220 scholarships totaling $1.4 million, more than $840,000 of which supported students and nonprofit organizations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The foundation’s Community Grants program operates in partnership with the David and Lucile Packard and Heising-Simons foundations.

Mountain View Rotary Club grants support wide range of local agencies

Courtesy of Anita Grossman
Mountain View Rotary Club representatives Anita Grossman, right, and Twana Karney, second from right, distribute checks to recipients of the club’s community grants.

The Mountain View Rotary Club awarded community grants totaling $16,095 in 2016.

Grant recipients include:

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