Nonprofit Project Happiness addressing mental wellness issues

Courtesy of Julie Arnheim
Project Happiness’ current focus, the Virtual Race for Wellness, enables the organization’s significant social media following to participate in an event regardless of location.

Unlike most organizations, Project Happiness aims to put itself out of business. Those behind the mental health-focused nonprofit organization look forward to a day when they are so successful that no one will need their services.

“We hope to put ourselves out of business, so people have the tools to address (mental wellness), but until then we want to provide the programs and tools to keep chipping away at it,” said Los Altos Hills resident Julie Arnheim, director of development for Project Happiness.

Short film by Mtn. View High graduate debuts online

Courtesy of Eric Cook
Actress Nichole Bloom stars as “Ella.”

“Ella,” a new short film produced by Mountain View native Eric Cook, tries to answer the question: When do we come of age? According to the recently released film, it’s the first time you hurt someone you love.

“Ella” centers on two Asian-American youth finding their places together in their small Midwest community. The film explores the quintessential themes of identity, peer pressure and heartbreak. Screened at the Kansas City Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival earlier this year, “Ella” premiered Aug. 27 on the online platform Short of the Week.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Thomas Foon Chew: The man who made a difference

Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries 
Cannery magnate Thomas Foon Chew is second from right in this 1916 photo. His wife is at far left and his mother at center.

There are mysteries in the life of Thomas Foon Chew.

LA History Museum exhibition tells story of Juana Briones


Juana Briones’ story feels modern, but she was born in 1802, when California was a colony of Spain.

The survivor of spousal abuse and the death of her four children in epidemics, the resourceful Briones was a successful entrepreneur who purchased a ranch in what became parts of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto. Yet as a healer and advocate, she always took time to help others in need.

Deer Hollow Farm receives funding for barn renovation

Plans are underway to renovate Deer Hollow Farm’s historical white barn, the result of a funding partnership between the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the city of Mountain View and Friends of Deer Hollow Farm.

“Through partnerships, we’re able to preserve this historic ranch and provide environmental education to the community and thousands of local children who enjoy the farm’s outdoor camps and programs each year,” said Ana María Ruiz, general manager of the open-space district.

It's that time again: Town Crier seeks spooky stories

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words. We will award first-, second- and third-place honors to the authors. First-place authors will receive a prize.

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