Community Briefs: Virtual pet parade, Helping Hands

Stanford radio station seeks pandemic stories

Stanford University’s radio station, 90.1FM KZSU, seeks local participants for The Quarantine Chronicle, a virtual video-journalism project documenting people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pan- demic.

To share experiences, send a video narrative to the station’s “Modern Education” radio show, or request to be interviewed. Submissions will be included in the documentary or shared via KZSU’s social media and podcast platforms.

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Museum chronicles outbreak experiences

To document the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the Los Altos History Museum seeks stories, photos, diary entries and other materials from residents of Santa Clara County. The material and online submissions will be archived for the museum’s permanent collection and preserved for future historians, researchers and visitors.

The museum has in its collection more than 8,000 photographs; 6,000 artifacts; many cubic feet of archival material including newspapers, deeds, maps and documents; and more than 200 oral histories of local residents. The materials have been collected over the past 50 years, and the museum still actively collects.

The deadline to submit to the collection is open-ended, as museum officials want to allow time for residents to process their thoughts.

For updates on the project, follow the museum on social media or sign up for its e-newsletter at

To contribute to the collection, visit

Dog training moves online

The Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club offers online dog training classes for puppies, intermediate learners and senior dogs.

Participants need a computer or a phone with a camera, a helper who can take a video of the participant and dog, or a tripod if a helper is not available.

Professional instructors will teach dogs to obey commands – sit, down, wait, stay, off, stand – as well as attention skills and tricks.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and work through problems.

For more information, visit

Kiwanis Pet Parade goes virtual

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos plans to hold its 73rd annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. May 30 – but the popular tradition will move online.

Rather than a live parade through the center of downtown Los Altos, this year’s event will be a virtual parade, in the form of a YouTube video. The virtual parade will feature short video clips submitted by pet owners.

Kiwanis Club representatives encourage residents to submit 10-second videos and photos of themselves and their pets to be included in the virtual parade by May 17.

To enter and for more information, visit

Museum offers teen docent program 

The Los Altos History Museum is accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Teen Docent Program.

Open to any student enrolled in a local high school for the 2020-2021 school year, the program offers teens the opportunity to interact with the community, fulfill volunteer hours for school, learn about history, connect with peers and work alongside museum professionals while gaining valuable employment skills to include on a college resume.

The museum will accept up to 15 students in the program. Applications are due through its website by May 29.

Following a one-week training seminar that runs August 3-7, participants become museum docents, working two to four hours per month from August through July 2021.

As docents, they greet visitors; lead tours of the museum’s exhibitions, grounds and historical J. Gilbert Smith House; and assist with activities and programs.

Applicants to the program will be notified in June.

To apply, visit

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Techies reaching out with Helping Hands

Los Altos residents looking for help with errands can enlist the assistance of Helping Hands, a new online and telephone service.

The nonprofit organization is the result of tech leaders wanting to help people disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including shut-ins, seniors and people with compromised immune systems.

Using social media platforms, Helping Hands connects at-risk residents with local volunteers for support with errands like grocery shopping, enabling them to stay safe at home.

Helping Hands is recruiting volunteers and identifying those who need support.

Recognizing that seniors may not be tech-savvy, or are off- line altogether, Helping Hands also has launched a call center where requests for volunteer assistance are taken over the phone. The number is (415) 669- 4357.

But for those with even minimal knowledge of computers, the process aims to be easy. The Helping Hands homepage features two options on which users can click: “Request help” or “I can help.” Helpers and requesters then go through the process by text or phone.

To volunteer and for more information, visit

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