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Composer hits humorous notes for Morning Forum

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Rob Kapilow, standing, and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet combined forces Oct. 18 to entertain – and educate – the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on the nuances of classical music.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos turned into a party Oct. 18 when music expert Rob Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet led the presentation “Haydn and the Detective Novel: Does Music Have a Plot?”

Using Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 76 No. 5, Kapilow – a composer, conductor, author and NPR music commentator – compared the piece to a mystery novel.

Los Altos Festival of Lights volunteers prepare for annual downtown parade

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Last year’s Festival of Lights Parade drew thousands of holiday revelers from all over the Bay Area.

As the holidays approach, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association is gearing up for the 39th annual parade, scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 27 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Nancy Schneider, spokeswoman for the all-volunteer parade association, highlighted elements of this year’s parade.

Kids of all backgrounds discover sustained welcome at Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa has offered generations of children wilderness experiences that nurture a love of the wild as well as an appreciation of campers’ racial and cultural differences. 

• 2016 update: The 1,500 young people from kindergarten through high school who visit the 1,600-acre preserve’s summer camp represent a striking cross section of Bay Area society. Many children return year after year, growing into camp leaders and venturing throughout the region on extended backpacking trips.

CSA boosts its outreach efforts to serve the area's hungry

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
CSA volunteer Archana Appanna of Los Altos stocks shelves at the Food & Nutrition Center. The Community Services Agency offers drop-in services at its Mountain View location, but the agency has been expanding its scope through outreach efforts. 

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2016 update: CSA recently underwent a strategic planning process. One of the goals of that process was to help break down the barriers of access for its many services, said Maureen Wadiak, associate director of the nonprofit agency.

Families in need find multilayered support at Sunday Friends

Whether through education or earning basic necessities, Sunday Friends participants become financially literate and self- advocating in the process. The nonprofit agency is celebrating 20 years of service this year.

• Mission: Sunday Friends aims to empower families in need to break the cycle of poverty. Children and parents earn basic necessities while they contribute to their community, learn life skills and develop self-sufficiency.

• 2016 update: This year Sunday Friends is celebrating 20 years of connecting families in San Jose to services, opportunities and each other.

Volunteer recognition event scheduled Dec. 9

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is preparing to honor a new slate of nominees at its 34th annual Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon.

The honorees are scheduled to be recognized at a Dec. 9 luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Dennis Young will serve as master of ceremonies.

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