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Community Briefs: Crime prevention, Hidden Villa

Police offer crime prevention update

Los Altos police captains Scott McCrossin and Katie Krauss are scheduled to host a crime prevention webinar 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The online forum will include an update on crime statistics and information on scams and crime trends. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The webinar is sponsored by Block Action Team 105, with funds from its Community & Emergency Preparedness grant from the city of Los Altos. The Block Action Team program is a managed program of Los Altos Community Foundation, in partnership with the city.

Advance registration is required.

To register, click the event listing at losaltosca.gov/prepares. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Hidden Villa, TC 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 the contest, 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 Sunday. Include a photo of the artist holding the artwork, as it may be featured on social media.

For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org/programs/catalog/362-hidden-villa-art-contest/region-HV.

Shoreline Lake begins partial reopening

Boathouse operations at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View have restarted on a limited basis, including watersports-based summer camps for children.

Per the latest revised Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order, the easing of restrictions on supervised child care formalized the reopening, giving housebound kids the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, parents a compliant and safe child care option and Shoreline Lake the means to get people back to work.

Shoreline Lake is accepting registrations for all summer camp programs. However, according to the order, the number of campers per program group is limited to 12, with each group assigned staff.

For more information, visit shorelinelake.com.

Los Altos ‘helplines’ offer crisis support

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services department has launched community helplines to provide Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents with COVID-19 information and resources throughout the public health crisis.

Senior Connection, available to residents 50 and older, operates 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at 947-2797.

Community Connection, available to all residents, runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 947-2790.

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