Measuring success: decades of change at a Los Altos nonprofit

NEWS LAOTY PackardBoar fmtIn the Town Crier's latest video, local philanthropist Bill Somerville sits down with Carol Larson and Cole Wilbur, current and past presidents of Los Altos' Packard Foundation.

Recognized this year as the Town Crier's Los Altan of the Year, the Packard Foundation has funded projects in Silicon Valley and across the globe.


Woz spouts geeky wisdom at Celebrity Forum

WozniakSelf-professed geek Steve Wozniak entertained the audience at the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series Jan. 24, sharing his philosophy of happiness at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus.

“H equals S minus F,” Wozniak said. “Happiness equals Smiles minus Frowns. That’s what life’s all about.”


Rotary Club's Fine Art in the Park proceeds benefit local agencies

Chuck Lindauer/Special to the Town Crier
Jerry Moison, chairman of Community Grants for the Rotary Club of Los Altos, said the club donates 100 percent of the proceeds from Fine Art in the Park.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos donated $34,300 in proceeds from its 2013 Fine Art in the Park show to local nonprofit organizations Jan. 22.


Packard Foundation, Town Crier celebrate the 'gold standard' at Los Altan of the Year event

Former Los Altans of the Year assemble for a group photo, above. Pictured, from left, front: Don McDonald, Jeanne MacVicar, Susan Packard Orr, Carol Larson, Jan Fenwick and Dick Liewer; middle: Barbara and Jean Mordo, Gay Krause, Mona Armistead, Nan Geschke, Lois Adams, Bob Grimm and Marge Bruno; back: Dick Henning, Lawrence Chu, a cutout of Los Altos founder Paul Shoup, Len Edwards, Chuck Geschke and Bob Adams.

The Town Crier and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation partnered to host a celebration Jan. 30 honoring the foundation’s selection as the paper’s 2013 Los Altan of the Year and recognizing the foundation’s 50th anniversary. As is customary, all 19 past Los Altans of the Year were invited to the event, held at the foundation’s headquarters, and all but three attended the party. Co-publisher Liz Nyberg celebrated the foundation’s golden anniversary by noting that it set the “gold standard for philanthropy.” Referring to the foundation’s “24 karat” status, co-publisher Paul Nyberg held up 24 gold carrots, claiming the biggest laugh of the evening.


Fred Kent-guided discussion addresses Los Altos community center of the future

Juan Romero Corral/Special to the Town Crier
A cross-section of local residents, ranging from youth to seniors, participate in a “Community Conversation” Jan. 27, registering their preferences for features a new civic center might include.

Fred Kent, an authority on revitalizing city spaces, led a “Community Conversation” Jan. 27, with 110 participants envisioning what a revamped Los Altos community center might look like.

The Los Altos Forward-sponsored event was held a day before the Los Altos City Council’s discussion on the civic center. At their meeting, councilmembers opted to re-engage Anderson Brulé Architects to facilitate workshops and public meetings over a 10-month period to develop a new plan for replacing the dilapidated Hillview Community Center. Two of the five councilmembers were present at the Kent event.


Community Briefs

Bunco fundraiser supports Fisher House

The Federated Women’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled “Let’s Play Bunco” 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The fundraiser will benefit the Fisher House at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, which provides a temporary home for the families of hospitalized veterans. The event includes prizes, a raffle and a buffet lunch.


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