County recognizes residents for emergency preparedness efforts


Courtesy of Trevor Marsden
Los Altos residents display their plaques of recognition for promoting emergency preparedness at the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association awards banquet Dec. 12. Pictured from left are: Harry Guy, CERT leader and local ham radio operator; awardees Fred and Patricia Evans; Jim Clark, a local ham; awardee Ann Hepenstal; Capt. Scott McCrossin of the Los Altos Police Department; and awardees Agnes Caulfield, John Kristian and Keith Amidon.

 

The Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association honored seven Los Altos residents for their emergency preparedness efforts at an awards banquet Dec. 12.

Los Altos runs into 2020


Courtesy of the city of Los Altos

Motivated Los Altos residents got a running start on 2020 by turning out for the city-sponsored New Year’s Day Fun Run. The annual 5K (just over 3 miles) in downtown Los Altos drew more than 900 participants, according to event organizers.

“In fact, the attendance increased a little bit this year,” said Bridget Matheson, recreation supervisor for the city.

Pandemonium Aviaries fundraises for new home


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Michele Raffin, pictured in this file photo from 2012, plans to move the birds at Pandemonium Aviaries to a new location on the East Coast.

After 24 years at a secluded sanctuary in Los Altos Hills, Pandemonium Aviaries is set to move to the East Coast.

Leaders of the nonprofit organization hope to relocate sometime this spring to Sylvan Heights, N.C.

Country music duo with local roots has a hit on its hands


From HaleyandMichaels.com
Los Altos native Shannon Haley, left, and Ryan Michaels of Palo Alto perform as the country music duo Haley & Michaels.

Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels’ paths crossed many times throughout their childhoods, growing up just three miles apart in the Bay Area, but they never noticed each other.

Haley, raised in Los Altos, and Michaels, a Palo Alto native, both shared a love for music that eventually led to them meeting in Nashville and performing together as a country duo. The two married in 2015 and have released two albums; the latest, “Hail Mary,” features the hit single of the same name.

YMSL Rancho Chapter moms and sons support Child Advocates of Silicon Valley


Courtesy of Shalini Kwatra
The Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter’s mothers and sons serve the community together.

The Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter, based in Los Altos and Cupertino, held its annual Ultimate Gift Event Nov. 16.

The event was inspired by the book of the same name by writer Jim Stovall, which tells the story of a young man who learns a lesson about the importance and joy of giving after his grandfather leaves him a hefty inheritance that must be earned through service to others. He finds that this is the true gift his grandfather meant for him to have.

AAUW Holiday Tea supports nonprofit group


Blanchard

Members of the Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women recently met for their annual Holiday Tea at the Los Altos home of Allyson Johnson.

In addition to enjoying coffee, Christmas treats and conversation, the group listened to a presentation from Lisa Blanchard, founder and director of the Grateful Garment Project.


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