Los Altans of the Year: Liz and Paul Nyberg

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A group of community leaders has given Town Crier publishers Paul and Liz Nyberg a taste of their own medicine, naming them Los Altans of the Year for 2017.

After years of honoring others through the Town Crier’s annual Los Altan of the Year award, publishers Paul and Liz Nyberg are getting a taste of their own medicine.

A group of community leaders named the Nybergs Los Altans of the Year for 2017.

LA-LAH honor volunteers at luncheon

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This year’s Joint Community Volunteer Service Award winners include, from left, front row: Bob Galen, Diane Schmidt, Jerry Moison, Sherie Dodsworth and Lani Dorff. Back: Nancy Schneider, Linda Eckols and, representing MVLA Scholars, Dee Gibson and Janet Tornow.

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee recognized eight volunteers with the coveted honor at the 35th annual awards luncheon Friday.

The eight honorees, nominated by a host of area nonprofit organizations, bring the grand total to 325 award recipients since the event’s inception in 1983.

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley offers support for foster children

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Court Appointed Special Advocate Bob Feldman, left, attends Odie’s graduation. CASAs work through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley to provide mentoring and a sense of stability in children’s lives.

• Mission: Child Advocates of Silicon Valley’s volunteers are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who help abused and/or neglected foster children navigate the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court system. As sworn officers of the court, they are able to review their charges’ official records and make recommendations to the judges who handle their cases. Through weekly outings, CASAs provide mentorship and a sense of stability often missing from foster children’s home lives.

“I always tell people the biggest thing we do is we show up when we say we’re going to show up,” said Karen Scussel, Child Advocates executive director.

ALearn's math and college-readiness programs expand outreach

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ALearn students visit Santa Clara University, above.  ALearn has served a record 2,600 students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which is 1,100 more than last year.

• Mission: ALearn provides high-quality math and college-readiness programs to low-income, underserved students to increase their college aspirations and eligibility, and to significantly raise their college-going rates.

• 2017 update: ALearn has served a record 2,600 students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, which is 1,100 more than last year. Vice President of Programs Linda Prieto attributes the sharp increase to the expansion into Daly City schools and the Redwood City School District, along with the inclusion of more schools in the Sequoia Union High School District and throughout San Jose.

Concert Review: LAUMC harp concert offers fresh take on holiday music

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Harpist Steve Abell participates in the “20 Harps for the Holidays” concert in Los Altos Dec. 2.

The “20 Harps for the Holidays” concert at Los Altos United Methodist Church Dec. 2 was the first harp concert I’ve ever attended. I was surprised and amazed by the entire event.

The show, presented by Harpeggio Music, couldn’t have been better. The church was filled to capacity, and the stage was loaded with harps.

Award-winning cartoonist animates Morning Forum series

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This Joel Pett cartoon, which appeared right before the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, became a favorite at the conference.

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Joel Pett entertained the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Nov. 7 with a humorous presentation on “Real Cartoons in the Age of Fake News.”

Pett’s cartoons have appeared in hundreds of magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Time, The New York Times, The Times of London and the Sierra Club’s magazine. He has shared his provocative humor on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

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