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Los Altos residents look to 'Future' to help area's marginalized youth


Courtesy of Future Youth Records
Frank Brucato, supporter of Future Youth Records, works in the studio with students to create socially conscious music. The nonprofit group aims to counterpunch the “harmful stereotyping of women in popular music,” according to an FYR statement.

Growing up, Frank Brucato said he learned to think of others and be socially minded, so he became involved in community service at a young age.

The Los Altos resident attended a fundraiser for Future Youth Records a few years ago and said he found the nonprofit organization’s goals and aspirations to be “inspiring.” So he joined FYR, a Bay Area-based group that works with marginalized youth to create and distribute socially conscious music.

Retiring Los Altos Chamber exec treated to honorary farewell bash


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Retiring Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Julie Rose, center, gets congratulations from former Los Altos Mayor Art Carmichael, left, and current Mayor Mary Prochnow, right, during a Nov. 16 party held in Rose’s honor.

A full house of supporters gathered Nov. 16 to salute Julie Rose as she transitioned into retirement after 21 years as head of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

The special event, held at Shoup Park’s Garden House, drew Barry Groves out of retirement to give a rousing and often amusing speech that touched on his experiences with the Chamber’s dependable dynamo.

Community Briefs

Foothills Congregational hosts Jazz Service

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a Jazz Service 10-11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The Jazz Service is shaped around Old Testament themes common in African-American spirituals (the Exodus, the Suffering Servant and God as Creator). Each theme will be briefly introduced, then illustrated through music or reading from the poetry of James Weldon Johnson.

Schola Cantorum hosts holiday events

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled two holiday events, both at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 17: The choir will perform a holiday concert, “Warmest Christmas Traditions,” featuring seasonal favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night,” as well as a Conrad Susa medley of carols and a Rachmaninoff setting of “Ave Maria.” The family-friendly performance will include an audience sing-along and a surprise visit at concert’s end.

Krause Center's MERIT program inspires teachers to innovate


Instructors participate in this year’s MERIT Summer Institute. MERIT, a research-based, K-12 educator development program, is designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2017 update: Lisa DeLapo, the MERIT program’s new teacher-in-residence and a 2013 graduate of the program, described this year’s focus as a back-to-basics approach.

WomenSV raises awareness, empowers victims of domestic abuse


Courtesy of Ruth Patrick
WomenSV supporters include, from left, Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, founder Ruth Patrick, and Pamela and Ed Taft. The photo was taken at the nonprofit organization’s Sept. 28 auction and fundraiser at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

• Mission: WomenSV aims to raise awareness about domestic violence in the professional community; empower victims of affluent abusers through education, advocacy and connection to resources; and promote the right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own home.

• 2017 update: In the first 10 months of 2017, WomenSV served 150 women and two men, according to founder Ruth Patrick. Of those served, 31 percent were from Los Altos or Los Altos Hills residents, 36 percent were from other parts of Santa Clara County, 17 percent were from San Mateo County and 17 percent were from outside the local area, including other states.


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