State society recognizes Los Altos recreation volunteer


Courtesy of city of Los Altos
Dan Di Canio, from left, Adela Di Canio, and Liz Stout celebrate at the California Park and Recreation Society awards ceremony.

Adela Di Canio recently received the Volunteer and Sponsor Citation Award from District 4 of the California Park and Recreation Society.

The society honored Di Canio for her volunteer work at its annual awards ceremony Feb. 27 at the Mountain View Community Center.

Expert tells Morning Forum audience good news about Alzheimer's research, care


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David Troxel, an internationally known expert on Alzheimer’s disease and memory care, began his Feb. 3 presentation on “The Art of Dementia Care” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos by paraphrasing Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

For more than 30 years, Troxel has focused on developing best-care practices for those with dementia. His writing and teaching center on caregiver support, staff training and long-term care program development. He has co-written six books, including his latest, “The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care.” He currently serves as the only U.S. citizen appointed to the advisory board of Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Local dance studio celebrates 30 years Saturday


Courtesy of Jim Carter
Dance Academy USA, founded in 1990 by Los Altos residents Jane and Jim Carter, is holding its 30th anniversary celebration Saturday. 

Jane and James Carter took a chance on opening Dance Academy USA in 1990. After all, most businesses, let alone dance schools, run a high risk of failure.

But passion and expertise combined to make Dance Academy USA one of the go-to dance schools in the area. The Carters tout the school as one of the best nationwide.

Local musican gets into the swing of things


Courtesy of Kelley James
Los Altos native, musician and golfer Kelley James, right, watches his shot during last month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament.

Los Altos native, musician and golfer Kelley James represented his hometown at last month’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament.

Now based in Los Angeles, the singer, rapper and songwriter partnered with Korean golfer Si-Woo Kim in the annual event.

Cal Water begins LAH water main installation

California Water Service began a water infrastructure upgrade in Los Altos Hills last week aimed at strengthening water system reliability for customers’ everyday needs and firefighters’ emergency needs.

The project, expected to be completed at the end of May, includes the installation of 4,032 feet of new 6- and 8-inch PVC water main and 37 new individual customer service connections.

State offers homeowners grants for seismic retrofitting


Photos Courtesy of EBB
Seismic retrofitting protects a house from potential earthquake damage by bolting it to its foundation and adding bracing around the crawlspace.

Residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills in the 94022 and 94024 ZIP codes are eligible to register for the Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, which this year will provide $3,000 grants to more than 4,000 homeowners in California to retrofit their homes. The deadline to apply is March 19.

Seismic retrofitting protects a house from potential earthquake damage by bolting it to its foundation and adding bracing around the crawlspace.


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