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Animal Assisted Happiness fundraiser slated Sunday

Courtesy of Animal Assisted Happiness
Therapeutic things come in small packages, as this Animal Assisted Happiness rabbit proves.

Animal lovers have a final opportunity to raise funds for a public-service barnyard with local origins.

Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader Samantha Waldbusser has scheduled a fundraiser 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Full Circle Farm, where participants can paint a stepping stone and meet the mini-donkey, goats, chickens and other beasts of Animal Assisted Happiness. The nonprofit animal farm, founded by Los Altos residents, welcomes children with health or family challenges.

Szekely estate bequeaths $1.8M to Los Altos Community Foundation


Longtime Los Altos resident Marguerite Szekely, who passed away last July at age 91, bequeathed more than $1.8 million to Los Altos Community Foundation’s Endowment Fund, which will support the community in perpetuity.

Szekely was born in Nebraska and eventually settled in Los Altos, where she lived for more than half a century.

Symphony to perform free concert June 17 in Los Altos

Phil Ackerly will be a featured performer at this year’s free Peninsula Symphony concert in Los Altos.

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its annual free summer concert 6 p.m. June 17 at Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Organizers encourage attendees to bring folding chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner to the concert, the theme of which is “Music, Magic, Comedy and Fun All Wrapped into One!”

Local jazz duo's album shoots up iTunes charts

Courtesy of Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini
Los Altos residents Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini, who perform as 23rd Hour, released a jazz album, “Perfect Strangers.”

Nearly four years ago, Sherry-Lynn Lee and George Paolini met at a coffeehouse hosting an open-mic night. After Paolini performed, fellow musician Lee asked him if he would be interested in collaborating.

The duo formed a band, 23rd Hour, the following year and in January released their debut album, “Perfect Strangers,” which reached No. 10 on the iTunes chart for jazz.

Los Altos Girl Scout leads two fundraising days for Animal Assisted Happiness

Samantha Waldbusser, a 14-year-old cadet with Los Altos Girl Scout Troop 61078, is leading a fundraiser that welcomes Los Altos residents back to a public service barnyard with local origins.

The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader’s Girl Scout Silver Award project aims to raise $2,000 for Animal Assisted Happiness, a nonprofit animal farm founded by Los Altos residents that welcomes children with health or family challenges. Its welcoming barnyard animals – who sometimes take their show on the road – have provided a hands-on source of relaxation and comfort for everyone from special-needs children to high school students about to embark on finals week.

Los Altos Hills Youth Commission volunteers clear litter in park

Courtesy of Chris Vargas
One of 15 youth volunteers helps clear debris from trees at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills last month.

The Los Altos Hills Youth Commission last month gathered volunteers for the annual Earth Day Cleanup to help clear the litter near Purissima Park, Interstate 280, Deer Creek Lane and O’Keefe Preserve.

Fifteen “enthusiastic and motivated volunteers” attended the cleanup, according to Mondy Ahy, a youth commissioner who participated in and helped plan the April 27 event.

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