YMSL Rancho Chapter moms and sons support Child Advocates of Silicon Valley

Courtesy of Shalini Kwatra
The Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter’s mothers and sons serve the community together.

The Young Men’s Service League Rancho Chapter, based in Los Altos and Cupertino, held its annual Ultimate Gift Event Nov. 16.

The event was inspired by the book of the same name by writer Jim Stovall, which tells the story of a young man who learns a lesson about the importance and joy of giving after his grandfather leaves him a hefty inheritance that must be earned through service to others. He finds that this is the true gift his grandfather meant for him to have.

AAUW Holiday Tea supports nonprofit group


Members of the Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women recently met for their annual Holiday Tea at the Los Altos home of Allyson Johnson.

In addition to enjoying coffee, Christmas treats and conversation, the group listened to a presentation from Lisa Blanchard, founder and director of the Grateful Garment Project.

Local nonprofit fighting child sex trafficking raises $112K at golf tourney

Los Altos-based Special Operations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child sex trafficking, raised $112,000 at its recent annual golf tournament and dinner fundraiser.

A Los Altos Hills resident who asked not to be identified due to safety concerns founded Special Operations in 2017 in an effort to stop sex trafficking of children in the Bay Area. She said the organization does this by investigating potential sex-trafficking cases, assisting in the search and rescue of young girls, and targeting sex traffickers. Special Operations also provides direct assistance to victims, such as paying for food, clothing and counseling.

Acclaimed Chinese painter, Los Altos resident Hau featured in exhibition

Courtesy of Susan Chan
The works of artists Susan Chan and Paul Hau are on display at the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center.


Internationally acclaimed painter Hau Beiren, also known as Paul Hau, has teamed with fellow painter Susan Chan on a new exhibition, “A Refined Pair,” featuring depictions of lotus and plum blossoms.

Russia expert tells Morning Forum why U.S. reset didn't last


Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s Dec. 3 presentation at the Morning Forum of Los Altos, “An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” focused on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

McFaul is a scholar, policymaker, diplomat, media analyst for The Washington Post and NBC News, and author of the book “From Cold War to Hot Peace.”

Zimbabwe race ends its run: Organizers call it quits after 20 years of events

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Participants in the 2019 Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair are off to the races at the St. Joseph School event. Chief organizer Ellen Clark of Los Altos has announced that she is discontinuing the annual fundraiser after 20 years.

After 20 years of sponsoring races that benefit Zimbabwe orphans, Los Altos resident Ellen Clark figures it’s time to stop.

“It has been a terrific run,” she said, no pun intended, of the annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair.

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