'Pride and Prejudice' musical debuts at TheatreWorks

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Justin Mortelliti stars as Mr. Darcy and Mary Mattison plays Lizzie Bennet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere production of the new musical version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” is slated to open this week and run through Jan. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Although “Pride” has been musicalized in the past, director Robert Kelley, TheatreWorks’ retiring artistic director, believes this rendition – featuring book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon – brings something new to the stage.

Los Altos Community Foundation awards $58K in grants to nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $58,000 in grants to 16 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 enable Animal Assisted Happiness to bring its Mobile Barnyard to special-education students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools, GreenTown Los Altos to fund its “Plant 500 Trees” initiative and the Healthier Kids Foundation to provide vision screening and glasses to local preschoolers and elementary school children. 

CSA head marks 20 years: Tom Myers oversees growth of agency's social services

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Los Altos resident Tom Myers has served 20 years as executive director of Community Services Agency, which assists the local area’s underserved population.

When Tom Myers came to Community Services Agency in 1999, he had no idea how long he would serve as executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit organization.

“Someone at the time told me that you will either be in there for six months and run screaming from the building or you will be in there for 25 years,” Myers said with a chuckle. “So I guess I’ve kind of proven to myself that I’m in the latter category.”

Rotary Club donates $26K in grants to local groups

The Los Altos Rotary Club awarded grants to nine community groups during its annual Fall Community Grants Program Nov. 14.

Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund community grant chairwoman Donna Verna and board president Stan Scardino presented $26,000 in grants to organizations in Los Altos and surrounding areas.

Reach Potential Movement: Nurturing youth who dream, then aim to make it happen

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Six students from Reach Potential Movement’s Young Leaders program participate in the organization, which equips underserved youth and families with leadership and life skills.

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips underserved youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to strengthen their communities.

• 2019 update: In addition to equipping students and their families with basic resources to thrive, RPM has increasingly emphasized its ability to act as a bridge, connecting to partners in the community that bring additional resources. Its newest program, One + Two, focuses on students in middle school, high school and junior college. Older students receive enterprise and entrepreneurship mentorship, and then pass it forward as leaders for younger students.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center: Giving groceries, emergency financial aid

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Yvette Ching, an employee at Community Services Agency in Mountain View, prepares food for distribution.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2019 update: Every weekday, CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center distributes more than 1.5 tons of food. Of the 688,089 pounds of donated food in 2018, 49% were fresh fruits and vegetables.

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