Los Altos Community Foundation awards $80,000 to nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation awarded $80,000 in its spring grants cycle to 18 local nonprofit organizations and programs that address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants support programs such as Grassroots Ecology’s community service and educational opportunities at four local nature preserves in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills; Hope’s Corner, to support access and referrals to resources that help the homeless and vulnerable; and the Los Altos History Museum, for its upcoming exhibition and related programming focused on the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Groups near and far benefit from Rotary art show

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ goal for its annual Fine Art in the Park fundraiser, scheduled May 18 and 19 in Lincoln Park, is to donate proceeds to local and international organizations.

One local recipient is Mentor Tutor Connection, launched by the Rotary Club in 1996. The nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection oversees both mentoring and tutoring of students. Each year, more than 150 volunteers partner with 450 kids.

Assessor says recession is near but local economy still in gear


A U.S. recession could hit as early as next year, yet locally, economic optimism abounds.

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone discussed current trends and his reasons for optimism during an April 11 presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

McKenzie eyed for dog park: LAH native pushes idea at Saturday meet-and-greet

Catherine Stansbury
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Catherine Stansbury plans to host a meet-and-greet Saturday to promote the idea of a fenced-in dog area at McKenzie Park.

Stalled in her previous efforts to establish a dog park at Lincoln Park in Los Altos, dog enthusiast and former Los Altos Hills resident Catherine Stansbury is now championing a fenced-in space for canines at McKenzie Park.

She is scheduled to host a meet-and-greet event to promote the idea 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the park, 707 Fremont Ave. in Los Altos.

LA Library revives Food for Fines program

Marlene Iwamoto
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Marlene Iwamoto, Los Altos community librarian, shows two barrels of donated food for Second Harvest Food Bank, collected through the library district’s Food for Fines program.

Update, April 30: This article has been updated to reflect the extension of the Food For Fines program through May 5.

Due to last year’s success, the Santa Clara County Library District has brought back its Food for Fines program for the second year.

The program, extended through May 5 at all of the district’s libraries – including the Los Altos main and Woodland branch libraries – waives the fines (up to $100) of those who donate nonperishable food items. The food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Los Altos resident's Flower Run changes location but maintains objective – helping foster children

Courtesy of Debbie Crouse
Participants from a past Flower Run 5K celebrate after finishing the race. This year’s event is scheduled Sunday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.

Debbie Crouse has a passion for bettering her community. Since moving to Los Altos in 2004, she has immersed herself in volunteering and advocating for foster children.

One way she does it is by organizing the annual Flower Run 5K, which she started three years ago. The event benefits Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and on whose board Crouse serves.

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