City of Los Altos offers emergency-preparedness grants through Jan. 14

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and bolster connections within the Los Altos community.

Los Altos Community Foundation course helps residents become local LEAD-ers

Courtesy of Anna Weldon/Los Altos Community Foundation
Los Altos Community Foundation 2019 LEAD graduates include, front row, from left: Lori Sevcik, Nadja Jackson, Kellie Riccoboni, Jolee Crosson, Rachel Grainger, Shannon Geary, Bridget Matheson, Ying Liu and Ellie Ahi. Back:Adin Miller, Margriet DeLange, Bill Sheppard, Vivien D’Andrea, Birgitte Goossen, Kim Mosley, Arvind Ven, Chris Roat, Jonathan Weinberg, Claudia Coleman (program manager), Norelle Tavrow, Jane Truscott and Steve Chu. Not pictured: Chandra Nath, Steve Kattner and Michael Ellerin.

Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education and Advancement (LEAD) program, designed to provide an in-depth introduction for residents and business owners interested in making a difference in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

In the 10 interactive classes, participants learn about the municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital and business organizations that drive the local community, and meet their leaders. Since the inception of the course in 1995, many of the 450-plus LEAD graduates have run for and/or served on city councils, school boards, commissions or nonprofit boards, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.

Los Altos, LAH honor their volunteers

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The 2019 honorees receiving Community Volunteer Service Awards are, from left, Sharleen Thorson, Andy Danver, Sue Marrion, Ray Piontek, Lindsay Carpenter and Mark Vasser.

One runs a nonprofit organization that provides used furniture to people in need. Another is an umpire for local youth baseball. The pursuits of these local residents vary greatly, but they’re bound by a common trait: selfless volunteering in an effort to help others.

Six such volunteers were recognized Friday during the 37th annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. The event is hosted by an awards committee comprising members of both communities. The six volunteers honored this year are among more than 330 individuals and groups recognized since the awards began in 1983.

Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019

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The Town Crier has named Los Altos Hills philanthropists Ed and Pamela Taft as the Los Altans of the Year.

The Los Altos Town Crier has named Ed and Pamela Taft its 2019 Los Altans of the Year.

The Los Altos Hills residents have made a major impact locally, nationally and internationally, giving their time and money to a multitude of good causes.

Longstanding Los Altos Art Club open to new members

The Los Altos Art Club seeks to expand its membership by reaching local artists in all media categories.

The club meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Grant Park Senior Center, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

Downtown College Prep: Helping first-generation students thrive in college

Courtesy of Downtown College Prep
Downtown College Prep runs two charter high schools and two middle schools.

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities.

DCP runs two charter high schools and two middle schools. The singular goal for all students is that graduates are accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The DCP community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

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