Los Altos resident's Flower Run changes location but maintains objective – helping foster children

Courtesy of Debbie Crouse
Participants from a past Flower Run 5K celebrate after finishing the race. This year’s event is scheduled Sunday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.

Debbie Crouse has a passion for bettering her community. Since moving to Los Altos in 2004, she has immersed herself in volunteering and advocating for foster children.

One way she does it is by organizing the annual Flower Run 5K, which she started three years ago. The event benefits Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and on whose board Crouse serves.

Pet of the Week, April 24

Pets In Need
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Hans is available for adoption through Pets In Need.

Hans is an 18-month-old male terrier mix available for adoption through Pets In Need. He is initially shy around new people, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up, according to Pets In Need reps. His favorite hangouts are on the desk and the lap of PIN’s shelter operations manager. He enjoys watching her type and provides occasional finger licks to solicit a cuddle. For more information on Hans and other animals available for adoption, call Pets In Need at 496-5971, visit petsinneed.org or stop by the facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Literature expert highlights Shakespeare's enduring legacy


Professor Emeritus Elliot Engel explained the enduring legacy of William Shakespeare in his April 2 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Shakespeare 400 Years Later: More Alive than Ever.”

“Although Shakespeare died in 1616, he is the greatest person who picked up a pen and wrote,” Engel said. “He’s our greatest writer and always will be. Because Shakespeare wrote plays, he wanted his words to roll over us as we listened to them.”

Loyola station participates in Leukemia & Lymphoma Society challenge

Courtesy of Loyola Fire Station
Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station makes it to the top of Seattle’s Columbia Center.

Last month, 28 members of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, including two firefighters who work in Los Altos, participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge.

Logun Fagundes and Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station were among the 2,000 firefighters from throughout the world who climbed 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Center – the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi – wearing their full turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Monet devotee set to show work at Open Studios

Courtesy of Cathy Zander
Cathy Zander will be displaying works such as the piece above during the Silicon Valley Open Studios tours next month.

Los Altos resident Cathy Zander developed a love of art at an early age. She grew up in Ohio and as a child would regularly visit the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Now an accomplished painter, Zander is set to participate in the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios tours, held during the first three weekends in May. The tours feature hundreds of artists opening their homes and studios to the public to view their artwork.

National Charity League Stanford Hills recognizes Class of 2019

Courtesy of Douglas Peck Photography
National Charity League’s Stanford Hills chapter honored the mothers and daughters in the service organization’s Class of 2019 March 23. Pictured, front row, from left: Rashmi Sinha, Arushi Sahai, Barbara Poyer, Whitney Poyer, Abby Kaplan, Paige Kaplan, Aimee Truscott and Jane Truscott. Second row: Julie Lunn, Morgan Lunn, Pam Critchfield, Susan Critchfield, Hannah Sheridan and Kathleen O’Rourke. Third row: Lisa Newton, Ellie Newton, Erika Krugler, Ellie Krugler, Grace Carlson and Cathy Carlson. Fourth row: Karen Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Bridget Tuomala and Carolyn Tuomala. Back: Ally Polverari, Stephanie Polverari, Catherine Cassani, Linda Wong, Madison Horn and Jill Horn.

The National Charity League Stanford Hills Class of 2019 celebrated the culmination of six years of mother-daughter philanthropy, leadership and cultural learning during its 32nd annual Senior Recognition Event March 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

At the event, each senior shared reflections on her six years in NCL that included tributes to the mother-daughter bond and their shared community service partnership. Many of the young women noted the NCL experience as more than “good deeds” and described it as a life-changing commitment.

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