Help One Child's new executive director aims to expand services


Valerie Crane, the new executive director of the Los Altos-based nonprofit Help One Child, not only works to recruit foster parents and run programs to support foster children – she and her husband have opened their home to vulnerable kids in need of a place to stay.

Since becoming foster parents in 2015, Crane and her husband have housed four children, ranging in age from 4 days to 8 years old.

Union church the latest to install Little Free Library

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The recently installed Little Free Library sits outside Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos.

Along University Avenue in Los Altos sits a large wooden birdhouse-like structure. Installed near the side of the road, it looks like an oversized mailbox. Inside, several books line the shelves, free for the taking.

The Little Free Library is one of more than 65,000 that dot the globe. Members of Union Presbyterian Church introduced their Little Free Library in January.

Morning Forum of Los Altos spotlights movie producer Blye Faust

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Blye Faust addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 6.

Award-winning film and television producer Blye Faust addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 6, championing the power of storytelling in her presentation “Truth in Storytelling: Bringing Real Events to Life Onscreen.”

Faust and her partner Nicole Rocklin produced the movie “Spotlight,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 2016. The film chronicles the true story of the Boston Globe’s efforts to investigate child molestation and cover-ups within the Catholic Church.

Rotary Club of Los Altos: Physician offers perspective on opioids

Dr. Krane

As national headlines attest, the danger of opioid abuse is real, but a local physician put what many perceive as an epidemic into perspective in a presentation at the Rotary Club of Los Altos March 8.

According to Dr. Elliot Krane, pediatric anesthesiologist and Stanford University professor, the number of deaths resulting from many other public health menaces, including alcohol, smoking, obesity and heart disease, far outpace the number of deaths from opioid abuse.

Crow continues to grow: Local teen band signs with indie label

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The members of Crow Eats Man – Reku Heims, from left, Sebastian Sanchez, Richard Barnes, Nick Coleman and Elliot Hu – perform at Gunn High School. The band recently released its debut EP.

After meeting through mutual friends and bonding over a love of music, five local teens formed a band two years ago. They’ve come a long way since then.

The band – now known as Crow Eats Man – signed with an independent record label last year and recently released its first EP.

Dayworkers share stories through LA History Museum quilt project

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Maria Marroquin, executive director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, adds to a quilt that reflects the lives of 140 dayworkers involved in the project. The quilt is on display at the Los Altos History Museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House through April 29.

The Los Altos History Museum and the Day Worker Center of Mountain View have joined forces on the exhibition “Traveling Stitches: Quilts Made at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View.” The exhibition runs through April 29 at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

Naomi Zamir, a volunteer at the Day Worker Center, served as curator of the display.

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