Pet Pause: Things you should keep in mind as your pets grow older

 As pets grow older, their personalities mature and deepen. Unfortunately, they also develop health problems associated with older age. The following are problems we commonly see in older pets and methods to manage them.

Help One Child: Supporting foster and adoptive families across four counties


Courtesy of Help One Child
Approximately 60 Help One Child campers ages 7-12 and 30 full-time volunteer counselors participate in a summer camp held in August.

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.

• 2019 update: Founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris 26 years ago, Help One Child expanded to Contra Costa and Sonoma counties in October, and executive director Valerie Crane said the nonprofit expects to launch in Alameda County next year.

Bayshore Christian Ministries: Equipping youth to develop as community leaders


Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries
Students in Bayshore Christian Ministries, above and right, grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

Jorge Peraza, a college graduate who has been both a BCM participant and intern, expressed his appreciation for the organization.

Veterans Resource Center: Helping student veterans transition to college


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A mural paying tribute to veterans marks the location of the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to ensure that the nation’s student veterans and military service members are provided quality support services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

Located on the Foothill campus, the center offers veterans opportunities to pursue educational and career success. The resources support not only veterans, but also eligible dependents, active-duty service members, select reserve service members and National Guard members.

CHAC: Providing mental health services to schools, individuals and families


The Community Health Awareness Council works to improve lives and strengthen communities through access to comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services.

• Mission: The Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council, now in its 46th year, works to improve lives and strengthen communities through access to comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services.

CHAC provides individual mental health counseling, classes and group support services to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and surrounding communities. The agency’s Early Intervention Counseling and Prevention programs serve one in every six students in 35 schools across four school districts, including all of the Los Altos elementary schools and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Local photographers donate art for PAMF Los Altos waiting area, offices


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Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Los Altos recently received framed photographs donated by local photographers for its waiting areas and 66 physicians offices.

Karen Druker, local artist and curator, who was on the team that procured art for the PAMF main campus in Palo Alto when it opened 20 years ago, partnered with clinic administrator Dr. Joe Lacy and former president of the Palo Alto Camera Club Judy Kramer to ask artists to join in the project.


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