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Reach Potential Movement empowers low-income families


Traci Newell/Town Crier
A volunteer helps a student in Reach Potential Movement’s Reading Readiness Program.

Amandeni Guzman, known by co-workers as the “child whisperer,” wasn’t always that way.

While still in high school, she attended boxing at the Gateway Neighborhood Center, where Reach Potential Movement runs some of its programs, and asked what the nonprofit organization’s students were doing in classroom areas of the center.

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LA's On Your Mark readies for annual Jingle Run/Walk benefit


Courtesy of On Your Mark
Participants in a past Jingle 5K Run/Walk gather at On Your Mark in downtown Los Altos.

On Your Mark has scheduled its third annual Jingle 5K Run/Walk 9 a.m. Sunday beginning and ending at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos.

The event will benefit Hope’s Corner in Mountain View, a nonprofit organization that provides compassion, support and meals to those in need in the community. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child or teen.

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Couple spreads holiday cheer with Christmas tree deliveries


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Nick and Melissa French are busy this holiday season delivering Christmas trees to neighbors in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

A young Los Altos couple is spreading the holiday spirit by delivering preordered, pre-lit Christmas trees to neighborhoods in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Nick and Melissa French persevered against the rain last week to set up trees on the front lawns of homes throughout Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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Community Briefs

‘Favorite Things’ event scheduled today

Elissa Hull’s “Favorite Things of Los Altos,” scheduled 5-8 p.m. today, involves nine local retailers and restaurants offering extended shopping hours. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the schools of shoppers’ choice.

The event also allows an opportunity for shoppers to sample Cardwheel, the new iPhone app Hull created. Cardwheel enables users to make virtual cards to send to friends in a more direct, intimate way than Facebook.

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Animal Assisted Happiness hosts holiday event


Courtesy of Vicki Amon-Higa
An Animal Assisted Happiness volunteer, left, shares a guinea pig with a student at Creekside School. The organization encourages positive interaction with gentle animals.

Animal Assisted Happiness has scheduled a 2014 Holiday Fun event, featuring photo ops with Santa and various animals, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the future location of the group’s “Smilefarm,” 13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino.

The nonprofit organization, founded and run by Los Altos resident Vicki Amon-Higa, offers schools, senior centers and veterans hospitals opportunities for interaction with gentle animals. According to Amon-Higa, Animal Assisted Happiness goes anywhere in the Bay Area where animals can be helpful in lifting the spirits of those who could use a boost.

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Downtown event aims to boost schools, merchants – and new app


Courtesy of Elissa Hull
Shopping, anyone? Elissa Hull of Los Altos is out to help merchants and schools with her upcoming “Favorite Things of Los Altos” fundraiser.

Elissa Hull has organized a fundraiser for local schools that she hopes will spread the word about her new social app as well as promote shopping in downtown Los Altos.

Hull’s “Favorite Things of Los Altos,” scheduled 5-8 p.m. Dec. 10, involves nine local retailers and restaurants offering extended shopping hours. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the schools of shoppers’ choice.

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