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ALearn aims to raise college-going rates in underserved students

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Mental health agencies to merge

Two Bay Area mental health organizations, Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, are scheduled to merge in January.

With an operating budget of $32 million, the combined organization will reach more than 14,000 people annually with programs that aim to build bridges to wellness, resiliency and self-sufficiency.

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History Museum ‘Catches the Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its sixth annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. today at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The Craftsman-style house will be festooned in 1930s-era decorations, and a pianist will play holiday tunes in the living room. Los Altos resident Diane Simmons’ collection of 52 antique Raggedy Ann dolls will be on display.

History comes to life at MV's Day of Dead

Photos courtesy of Mountain View Historical Association
Raices de Mexico highlighted the inaugural Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The Mountain View Historical Association hosted the Nov. 6 event, held at the Adobe Building.

The history and culture of the local Mexican-American community came to life Nov. 6 at the inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration, hosted by the Mountain View Historical Association.

More than 150 people filled the historic Adobe Building’s hall and spilled out into its garden. Traditional “papel picado” decorated the adobe walls, and two large and elaborate Dia de los Muertos altars flanked either side of the building’s fireplace. One altar featured large sugar skulls created by students from Crittenden and Graham middle schools. The other, created by the Historical Association, included photos of influential Mountain View pioneers along with images of recently departed loved ones submitted by the community.

Los Altos Rotary Club distributes grants to local nonprofit groups

Charles Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotary Club of Los Altos grants chairman Lonnie Gary, left, and Rotarian Kendra Gjerseth, third from left, join representatives of nonprofit groups that received club funding.

Funds earned at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park fundraiser in May will go back into the community.

Lonnie Gary, the club’s grant chairman, presented $30,000 in Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund fall grants Nov. 3 to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations.

Couple to discuss life in Mexico with Tarahumara

Courtesy of Mark Morris
Don and Marie Burgess are slated to show photos, like the one above, documenting their experiences with the Tarahumara people.

Don and Marie Burgess, who have lived for 53 years in the Copper Canyon region of Mexico, are scheduled to discuss their experiences and show pictures of life among the Tarahumara people 6 p.m. Friday at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

Don is a linguist working on Bible translations in the native dialects, as well as writing educational literature used in government schools. In 2015, he received an award from the Mexican government for helping preserve the Tarahumara culture.

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