Community Briefs, coloring, writing contests

TC, Baskin-Robbins hold coloring contest

The Town Crier is conducting its annual Easter Egg Coloring Contest on schedule, in partnership with Baskin-Robbins in downtown Los Altos.

Look for the contest drawing on page 14 of this issue. Drawings should be turned in to the Town Crier no later than April 6. Either drop them by or mail them to 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022.

Entries are limited to one per person. Ice cream prizes will be awarded in two age groups: 4-6 and 7-10.

All winners will have their pictures published in the Town Crier, and the entries will be displayed at Baskin-Robbins at 264 State St. in Los Altos.

Hidden Villa, TC host writing contest

Hidden Villa and the Los Altos Town Crier have partnered to co-sponsor a writing contest for all ages. The deadline for entering has been extended to April 12.

The prompt: Describe an experience at Hidden Villa that helped you see the world in a different way.

Essays should be no longer than one page, single-spaced in a 12-point font.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in three age groups: 12 and under, 13-17, and 18 and over. The first-place winner in each age group will receive a Hidden Villa Season Pass and have their essays published in the Town Crier. Second- and third-place winners will each receive three free day passes.

Photos or artwork may accompany essays.

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E3 Youth Philanthropy extends deadline

In light of the recent school closures, E3 Youth Philanthropy, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation, has extended its 2020-2021 application process to Monday.

Students entering 10th or 11th grade in the fall who live in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills or Mountain View and/or attend school in one of the cities are eligible to apply.

E3 aims to educate, engage and empower local youth to create positive change in their communities.

For applications and more information, visit

Midpen preserves still open – for now

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public. However, the agency continues to appeal to the public to practice social distancing.

Parks and open space agencies across the region, including Midpen, are experiencing high visitation.

“We need everyone’s help,” Midpen Foothills Superintendent Brad Pennington said. “If we can’t keep people safe, we can’t stay open. We all need to take the shelter-at-home orders seriously and stay as close to home as we can.”

Changes in response to health-care directives include the closure of restrooms and preserve areas receiving high use, such as Windy Hill Preserve, Rancho San Antonio County Park and Preserve and the Mount Umunhum area of Sierra Zul Preserve.

Group gathering areas in the preserves are closed, including Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio, Daniels Nature Center, the Black Mountain backpack camp and the Picchetti Winery and picnic area.

For more information, visit

La Comida offers seniors to-go lunches

The Palo Alto-based La Comida’s senior lunch program is now serving boxed to-go lunches out of its two locations. The program is also open to seniors in Los Altos and Mountain View.

La Comida is preparing 140-160 boxed lunches weekdays for seniors to pick up at either of its two locations: Stevenson House at 455 E. Charleston Road or the Masonic Center at 461 Florence St. across from the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto.

During the shelter-in-place period, La Comida urges relatives and friends of seniors to register and pick up the boxed lunch for them.

Hours are weekdays 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Stevenson location and 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Masonic location.

The nonprofit organization suggests a $3 donation per meal from adults over 60 years old and $8 from those under 60. Patrons can register at either La Comida location by filling out a one-page form and providing proof of age.

For more information, visit


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