Holiday help for the poor: UPC gathers items for Operation Christmas Child

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Union Presbyterian volunteers Jeannie Waltz, left, and Glenda Strombom are helping with Operation Christmas Child, which involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos hosted a packing party last month for Operation Christmas Child, a project sponsored by the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse that involves filling shoeboxes with necessities for underprivileged children in developing countries.

Church members have packed 112 shoeboxes with donated hygiene items, toys and school supplies. Each box costs $7 to ship.


More music, munchies at downtown First Friday event

The next downtown Los Altos First Friday special event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday. First Friday is a monthly promotional event intended to increase the vibrancy of the downtown.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


Morning Forum opens new season with another (dark) side of Dickens

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Tim Farrell makes a point about Charles Dickens at the Sept. 15 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its 2015 season Sept. 15 with longtime English teacher Tim Farrell’s presentation “A Not-So-Secret Life: Charles Dickens in His Novels.”

Farrell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and taught English for 46 years at Gunn High School in Palo Alto.


AAUW launches new year with tea, tech presentation

Paula Escuadra of GlassLab answers questions at the American Association of University Women’s recent kickoff event.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women kicked off its new season Sept. 12 with a tea for Tech Trek Science Camp scholars and their parents at Neutra House.

Featured speaker Paula Escuadra, head of content partnership at GlassLab Inc., maker of learning games, discussed how she combined her passion for cultural anthropology with data analytics to pursue a career that first involved studying Internet behavior for large retail companies.


Los Altos-LAH committee seeks nominees for volunteer awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations of outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Follow these tips to ensure hiking safety with your dog: Care For Your Pet

I love dogs, and I love to hike – but I don’t go hiking with my dog. Things go wrong in the woods with or without a dog, so unless you are an experienced hiker you will likely be busy enough just looking after yourself, let alone your pet in a novel environment.

Still want to take that doggie hiking? Here are some tips for hiking with pets in the wilderness:


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