Local organizations donate to LA Community Foundation

The Los Altos Community Foundation recently reported receiving donations from several private foundations, including the Heising-Simons, Brin Wojcicki, Grove and Morgan Family foundations.

The Heising-Simons Foundation, which will soon move its offices to the second floor of the new building at 400 Main St., contributed to two of the Los Altos Community Foundation’s projects: MVLA Scholars, which provides scholarships for students who are often the first in their family to attend college, and Neutra House, the local conference facility used for corporate, community and nonprofit meetings and events.


Morning Forum speaker explores challenges of U.S.-Russia relations


Stanford University professor Michael McFaul drew on his experiences as former U.S. ambassador to Russia and special assistant to President Barack Obama on the National Security Council to analyze the “Causes and Consequences of Our Conflict with Russia” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Feb. 3.

Compared with the Gorbachev era of cooperation with the U.S., McFaul explained that today’s relations with Russia represent a serious moment of confrontation. The Russians have intervened in neighboring territories, annexed Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine, he said, all while portraying the U.S. as the enemy. The West’s response has been to impose sanctions, expel Russia from the G8 and view Russia as a threat.


LA Senior Center offers assistance with taxes

The Los Altos Senior Center offers free tax assistance Monday mornings through April 27.

The Tax Aide service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation, is the nation’s largest volunteer tax assistance program. Los Altos has hosted a Tax Aide site for more than 15 years.


100 Women to donate $172.5K to charity

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Co-founders of the 100 Women Charitable Foundation include, from left, Mary Ann Poulos, Teri Zingale and Barb Dehn.

The 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its annual dinner and voting event 5:30-9 p.m. March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real.

The foundation will donate $172,500 to local nonprofit organizations this year. Six grant finalists will give presentations to members, who will vote to award three impact grants of $47,500 each. The remaining finalists will receive investment grants of $10,000 each.


Community Briefs

Entrepreneurs swap ‘Silicon Valley Stories’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Silicon Valley Stories,” a panel discussion featuring high-tech entrepreneurs, 7 p.m. today in Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Panel members will discuss how they built their companies and will describe the atmosphere of Silicon Valley in the early days.


Celebrate love at First Friday in downtown LA

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
Ellen Biolsi, owner of Cranberry Scoop at 295 State St., holds a poster promoting this month’s First Friday event. More than 60 stores and galleries are scheduled to participate in Friday’s Valentine-themed event.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Valentine-themed First Friday event – “Celebrating Love” – 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

“‘Celebrating Love’ is about celebrating the love of community, love of teachers, moms and dads, sweethearts, kids, grandmas and grandpas and even a special aunt or uncle,” said First Friday co-chairwoman Jamie Lucia, a chiropractor with Los Altos Community Chiropractic.


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