Community Briefs, Cal Water, Kiwanis pet parade

Hidden Villa, Town Crier partner for art contest

Hidden Villa and the Los Altos Town Crier have joined forces to co-sponsor an art contest for all ages.

The prompt: Use any choice of two-dimensional medium, including paint, pastels, crayons or watercolors, to depict a favorite place at Hidden Villa, the Los Altos Hills farm and nature preserve.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in three age groups: 9 and under, 10-17 and 18 and over. The first-place winner in each age group may choose from Hidden Villa olive oil, a floral bouquet or strawberries. Second- and third-place winners will each receive three day passes.

To enter, email a photo or scan the artwork with the title, artist’s name and age to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 21. Include a photo of the artist holding the artwork, as it may be featured on social media.

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Cal Water requests delayed rate changes

California Water Service last week became the first water utility regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission to request the CPUC delay upcoming rate changes for its customers until Jan. 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public Advocates’ Office, an independent organization within the CPUC that advocates solely on behalf of utility ratepayers, endorsed Cal Water’s request.

According to Cal Water officials, the May 12 motion follows prior measures from the company suspending water service disconnections and restoring service to those who were previously disconnected, and providing residential customers and small businesses with due-date extensions. Cal Water has an office in Los Altos.

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Kiwanis Pet Parade goes virtual

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos still plans to hold its 73rd annual Kiwanis Pet Parade 10 a.m. May 30 – but the popular tradition will move online.

Rather than a live parade through the center of downtown Los Altos, this year’s event will be a virtual parade, in the form of a YouTube video. The virtual parade will feature short video clips submitted by pet owners.

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LAH offers recreation webpage

The town of Los Altos Hills’ recreation department is offering a webpage for kids looking for activities to do during the lockdown.

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In-person summer programs canceled

The city of Los Altos has canceled all in-person recreation summer offerings in favor of virtual alternatives.

In a May 6 statement, city officials said they made the decision “for the safety of the community and city staff.” Santa Clara County’s COVID-19-induced shelter-in-place order is extended through May 31, but observers predict limited or no permitted mass gatherings in the months ahead.

“City staff will continue to devote their time to deliver engaging digital experiences through the recently launched Virtual Recreation Center,” city officials said in a statement.

Since the launch of the Virtual Recreation Center April 17, the recreation department has added several new categories to its list of digital classes, including fee-based classes, a dedicated Tiny Tot Tipster page and Cooking with Bumblebee.

“Recreation staff has worked exceptionally hard on compiling numerous virtual resources to engage the entire community,” said Donna Legge, director of recreation and community ser- vices.

To share suggestions for digital classes or events through the city’s online Virtual Recreation Center survey, visit

Museum archive ‘peeks’ into past

The Los Altos History Museum is creating a digital archive of “Peek into the Past” photos that have been regularly featured in the Town Crier.

The archive can be accessed via the museum’s Collections page at

Stanford radio station seeks pandemic stories

Stanford University’s radio station, 90.1FM KZSU, seeks local participants for The Quarantine Chronicle, a virtual video-journalism project documenting people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To share experiences, send a video narrative to the station’s “Modern Education” radio show or request to be interviewed. Submissions will be included in the documentary or shared via KZSU’s social media and podcast platforms.

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