LAUMC artist who lost home in Napa blaze aiding wildfire victims


Courtesy of Bobby Jo Valentine
Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine is helping fire victims through benefit concerts.

Musician Bobby Jo Valentine can relate to those who lost their homes in last fall’s Camp Fire in Butte County. The singer-songwriter lost his own home in the North Bay wildfires the year before.

That led Valentine, an artist-in-residence at Los Altos United Methodist Church, to perform a series of benefit concerts for Camp Fire victims.

Los Altos Community Foundation opens grant cycle

Los Altos Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program is accepting grant applications for its spring grants cycle through Feb. 12.

The program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Los Altos offers emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently launched a program that allocates $20,000 in grants to encourage emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

The Community & Emergency Preparedness Grant Program will fund as many projects as possible, from as many neighborhoods as possible. Projects must support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency, proactively prepare for emergencies and strengthen the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters or crime.

'Challenge' just a walk in the park for locals


Photo courtesy of Dinesh Desai
Ron Perkins and and Dinesh Desai enjoy Mount Madonna Park. Perkins, Desai and Frank Crossman hiked seven county parks covering more than 25 miles in two days. 

Dinesh Desai loves a challenge, particularly when it comes to hiking. So when the Santa Clara County Parks Department offered its annual hiking challenge for 2019, the longtime Los Altos resident and a few of his fit companions were up for it.

Desai, 79, and fellow Los Altos resident Ron Perkins, 79, and Frank Crossman, 75, of Palo Alto were the first finishers in this year’s #PixInParks challenge, which runs throughout the year. The challenge involves hiking seven county parks in two days. Desai, who has been hiking regularly since 1986, accomplished the same feat in just one day last year, but he did it in May, when the days were longer and the parks had extended hours.

Survivor of North Korean imprisonment describes ordeal


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Journalist Laura Ling described to a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience her 140 days imprisoned in North Korea and her sister’s role in freeing her.

In her Jan. 15 presentation “Journey of Hope,” Ling offered an account of her capture and the efforts of her sister, Lisa Ling, to secure her release. The sisters co-authored a book about their experience, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.”

Los Altos resident honored

Maria Walters/Special to the Town Crier

Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, founder of the nonprofit WomenSV, received the KPIX Channel 5 Jefferson Award for Public Service Jan. 16 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Over the past seven years, WomenSV has helped survivors of domestic violence whose partners abuse their power, wealth and status. She has served more than 1,300 survivors in Silicon Valley with a helpline, support groups, counseling and referrals to resources. Pictured, from left, are KPIX reporter Sharon Chin, Patrick and Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO.


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