Community Briefs, Helplines, Midpen

City of Los Altos offers helplines

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.

Through the Senior Connection and Community Connection helplines, city staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and connect residents with support services covering technical needs, transportation, food assistance and home activities.

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LAH offers virtual recreation webpage

The town of Los Altos Hills’ Parks and Recreation department offers a “Virtual Recreation Resources” page for local children looking for something fun to do.

“This is your place for fun, education, and resources through these unprecedented times,” the website states. “We are committed to ensuring that our residents have resources to maintain healthy lives, foster relationships, and continue to make memorable experi- ences.”

According to recreation personnel, the page will be updated with “shelter-order-approved recreation ideas to keep you and your family healthy, entertained, and informed.”

To access the page and for more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/499/ Virtual-Recreation-Resources.

City of Los Altos launches ‘helplines’

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services department launched community helplines April 2 to provide Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents with COVID-19 information and resources throughout the public health crisis.

Through the Senior Connection and Community Connection helplines, city staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and connect residents with support services covering technical needs, transportation, food assistance and home activities. Additionally, under the Senior Connection helpline, city staff and volunteers are offering phone check-ins to residents feeling isolated.

“The effects of COVID-19 impact every resident in our community, and people are experiencing a heightened sense of anxiety and helplessness,” said Donna Legge, director of Recreation and Community Services. “Each connection is a line of support between the city and the community, relaying helpful resources, alleviating stress and offering comfort during this uncertain time.”

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.

LA offers options to boost morale

The city of Los Altos is looking to boost residents’ morale with a bevy of online options.

City officials designed a webpage with the aim of serving as a clearinghouse for a variety of positive-thinking campaigns.

The city also is addressing the “cabin fever” problem afflicting residents sheltering in place by offering an online page with a wide range of activities. The page includes educational, entertainment and fitness-oriented options.

For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/citymanager/page/fun-activities-keep-you-busy-during-covid-19-shelter-place.

Preserves still open – but keep distance

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public, as allowed during the current shelter-at-home directive. However, hikers and bikers must keep their distance.

Health and safety measures are in place that align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing and aim to prevent the spread of illnesses.

Preserve visitors are urged to stay at home if sick, and to maintain social distances of at least 6 feet from others. Midpen officials encourage visits to the district’s more remote and less-crowded preserves.

For more information, visit openspace.org.

 

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Museum hosts virtual Story Circle

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofit organizations are finding creative ways to engage and interact with local residents.

As part of its mission to gather and present compelling stories, the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled an online Story Circle via the Zoom platform 4 p.m. April 16.

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.

April's Los Altos First Friday canceled, but event carries on – in a virtual way

In support of keeping the community safe, and in compliance with orders from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the city of Los Altos, First Friday – scheduled Friday evening – has been canceled.

According to event organizers, the monthly events will return downtown as soon as it is safe to continue them.

Community Briefs, preserves open, coloring contest

Preserves still open – but keep your distance

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public, as allowed during the current shelter-at-home directive.

However, hikers and bikers must keep their distance.


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