Block Action Team offers training sessions

Block Action Team sessions to train Los Altos residents in emergency preparedness protocol are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 26, April 27 and May 27 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Since the program’s inception last year, 40 Block Action Teams have been mapped, with 87 local residents committed to serving as Block Action Team leaders or co-leaders. So far, 1,094 households are covered by emergency preparedness leaders – approximately 10 percent of Los Altos homes.


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League of Women Voters offers drought update

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters has scheduled an update on the drought at its monthly “Lunch with the League” event 11:30 a.m. Friday at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos.

Barbara Keegan, director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, will discuss local drought conditions and the water supply. Keegan is a civil engineer who worked for the city of Sunnyvale and other public agencies prior to her election to the district board.


Packard Foundation hosts Youth Champions incubator

Jerry Wang/ Packard Foundation
Delegates interact at a Packard Foundation-sponsored Youth Champions incubator on ideas for advancing reproductive health education.

It was a first for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – the convening of young reproductive health advocates in Los Altos for a weeklong Youth Champions Initiative incubator last month.

Susan Packard Orr, chair of the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees, said the organization’s desire to support emerging leaders and its 50-year commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights – beginning with a grant to Planned Parenthood at the foundation’s first board meeting in 1964 – inspired the event.


Los Altos residents organize annual concert to support the blind and visually impaired

Courtesy of Nancy Gill
The new year kicks off with a benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, organized by Los Altos residents Nancy and Steve Gill. Steve is pictured above with daughter Anne.

Los Altos residents Steve and Nancy Gill have scheduled their 14th Benefit Concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

The concert – with the theme “Harold Who?” – will feature the music of Harold Arlen, composer of “Old Black Magic,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” among many other American classics.


It's not too late to give to this year's Town Crier Holiday Fund campaign

The Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is in its 15th year assisting local nonprofit organizations that directly serve those in the community with the most pressing needs.

Since its inception, the Holiday Fund has raised approximately $2.2 million.


Dance festival introduces winter workshops

Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Veteran modern dance artist Leslie Friedman, above, and The Lively Foundation are slated to host two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” this month. The sessions are open to seasoned dancers – and those who fancy themselves dancers.

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley Dance has scheduled two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” 12:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6-9 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The two sessions of master classes are open to dancers and nondancers. Classes include Salsa (no partner needed), Line Dancing (no partner needed), Dunham Technique, Pilates Mat and Contemporary.


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