Community Services Agency kicks off 'Los Altos Can' campaign

Community Services Agency launched a canned-food drive for the summer, a time of year when donations are historically low. The social media campaign, dubbed “Los Altos Can,” challenges residents to bring a can of healthy food to a local food pantry.

Through Aug. 2, residents are urged to bring donations to a food pantry – either CSA or another – and post a photograph or video of themselves doing so on social media, tagging the post with #CanChallenge, #LosAltosCan and #CSAcares.

Hills resident's artwork featured on town website

Courtesy of Larry William
Larry William’s “Bashful Masai Woman” is among his works on display online on the Los Altos Hills website.

Los Altos Hills resident Larry William’s documentary photography portfolio, titled “Who We Are: Digital Portraits of Humanity,” is available for viewing online through July 31 on the town’s website at

William focuses his photographs on the ideas of people’s commonalities and uniqueness, according to a press release.

Tidying up the trails: Local couple volunteers to keep Rancho San Antonio beautiful

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Richard and Esther Blanchard, top and above, regularly devote their time to beautify Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Mora Drive residents Richard and Esther Blanchard enter Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve armed with tools and trash bags. Volunteering their energies for the past three years, hardly a day goes by that they don’t do something to improve the park.

Their initial goal was to remove thistles from the Mora Drive trail.

Los Altos man helped Apollo 11 speed safely to Moon

Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
Henry A. “Hank” Cole, left, in the office of his Los Altos home with his dog, Mimmi, worked on NASA’s space program in its early days. As NASA celebrates the 50th anniverary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the retiree finds himself in demand.

Los Altos resident Henry A. “Hank” Cole is having a busy summer. He has been preparing for a speech he’ll give in Oakland this week. And because he was on the team at NASA that worked on the space program, he has also spent many hours helping them with research for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

LACF director plans to retire after board finds successor


Joe Eyre, executive director of Los Altos Community Foundation, plans to retire after leading the organization for six years. He will remain in the role until the foundation’s board of directors conducts a search and selects a successor.

“It has been a great privilege to serve in this role at LACF, and I’m humbled by the local commitment to building a strong community,” Eyre said. “I’ve enjoyed connecting donors, fund owners, volunteers, nonprofits and other organizations to creatively address the issues in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.”

Los Altos Library spotlights summer reading

Marie Godderis/Town Crier Intern
Ron McGee of Python Ron’s Reptile Kingdom, left, entertains an enthralled crowd July 3 at the Los Altos main library, including a brave young volunteer, right. The event was part of the library’s summer reading program.

Through its summer reading program, “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” the Santa Clara County Library District aims to put books in the spotlight and encourage more people to read.

“Whether it’s a good book or an engaging activity, kids and teens can go to the library to learn and have fun,” said Mike Wasserman, chairman of the district’s Joint Powers Authority Board. “Adults can also enjoy all the books, music, DVDs, programs and other services the library has to offer.”

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