CSA backpack distribution event serves 500-plus families in need

Courtesy of Anita Grossman/Community Services Agency
Children receive backpacks and other school supplies during a special distribution event July 23 at Community Services Agency in Mountain View.

More than 550 children from low-income families received backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for new school clothing and shoes at Community Service Agency’s annual back-to-school Backpacks & School Supplies Distribution event July 23.

Following the selection of their new backpacks, children and their parents enjoyed ice cream provided by Baskin-Robbins at Shoreline in Mountain View.

'Mountain View Can' campaign launches to increase food donations

Community Services Agency is spearheading the “Mountain View Can” challenge through Aug. 10, a canned food drive during summer, the time of year when donations are historically low.

The social media campaign is designed to encourage local residents to bring at least one can of nutritious food to their local food pantry.

Rotary Club honors outstanding member

Chuck Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
John “Bogie” Bogart receives a clock after being named winner of the Guy Shoup Award for Outstanding Rotarian of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos last month honored John “Bogie” Bogart as winner of its Guy Shoup Award for Outstanding Rotarian of the Year.

The award, which recognizes the Rotarian who best exemplifies the club’s “Service Above Self” motto, has been bestowed annually since 1980. The award is named after Guy Shoup, one of the founding residents of Los Altos. Shoup was vice president and legal counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s and founder and first president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos in 1949.

WomenSV draws local, national attention in quest to help domestic violence victims

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
KPIX reporter Sharon Chin, left, interviews Ruth Patrick in mid-July in Patrick’s downtown Los Altos office.

Awareness and recognition of WomenSV’s work continues to grow. KPIX Channel 5 recently awarded its weekly Jefferson Awards Foundation honor to the Los Altos-based nonprofit organization, which helps affluent victims of domestic violence.

The TV station sent a crew to WomenSV’s downtown Los Altos office to interview Ruth Patrick, founder and executive director, about the group’s mission.

Emergency preparedness training courses open to local residents

Courtesy of Ann Hepenstal
Los Altos neighbors conduct an emergency preparedness drill. The next Community Emergency Response Team training course is scheduled Sept. 11-27 at Hillview Community Center.

Community Emergency Response Team training is open to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills volunteers willing to help their neighbors in the aftermath of a major disaster.

Local governments engage in emergency planning, and first responders such as police and firefighters are ready to help, but residents play a key role in disaster preparedness, according to CERT representatives. In the event of a major earthquake or other disaster, first responders will be inundated with emergency calls and will likely be unable to provide immediate help to local neighborhoods.

Winner shares recipe from museum's apricot-tasting competition

Courtesy of Diane Holcomb/Los Altos History Museum
Nomi Trapnell displays her certificates for winning the Appetizer category for her Apricot Brie Tartlets recipe.

Local residents and businesses entered recipes in a taste-testing competition sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum in conjunction with its inaugural Apricot STEM Fair June 24. The only rule: Recipes had to feature apricots.

  A roster of celebrity and People’s Choice judges voted for the winning recipes in three categories: Appetizers, Entrees and Desserts.

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