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Downtown College Prep brings engineering to first-generation students

Courtesy of Downtown College Prep
Luis Ruelas brings his engineering expertise to a class of freshmen and sophomores at Downtown College Prep. DCP students use real-world tools to hone their engineering skills.

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities.

The singular goal for all students is that graduates are accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The DCP community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

Community Briefs

BAT offers training session

Block Action Team (BAT) leaders and the emergency readiness group Los Altos PREPARE have scheduled a BAT training session 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

During training, participants will learn how they can improve their neighborhood’s emergency preparedness skills and the ability to respond to and recover from a major disaster like an earthquake. The sessions will offer tips on providing city leaders with crucial information that will aid first responders, implementing crime prevention and safety measures, and promoting social interaction through block parties.

Schola hosts patriotic sing-along

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled a patriotic sing-along, “Our United States,” 3 p.m. Nov. 19 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 566 Magdalena Ave.

According to Dawn Reyen, the choral group’s assistant conductor and leader of the sing-along, the event “honors veterans and our country with patriotic tunes and songs about places in America.”

LA History Museum rolls out slate of programs supporting exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of speakers and programs to encourage community dialogue and discussion of themes presented in its latest exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific Story,” which runs through Jan. 7.

The programs:

Affordable housing dilemma subject of Nov. 15 forum

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus has scheduled a forum focused on affordable housing solutions in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the headquarters of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View.

Featured speakers will include Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County supervisor for District 5, which includes Los Altos and Los Altos Hills; Leslye Corsiglia, executive director of SV@Home; and Julie Mahowald, chief financial officer of the Housing Trust Silicon Valley.

Valle Monte League unveils plans for 'Christmas Tree Elegance' fundraiser

Valle Monte League Inc., an all-women nonprofit organization, is moving its annual “Christmas Tree Elegance” fundraiser to a larger venue to accommodate this year’s 50th anniversary event.

The League’s Champagne Brunch and Evening Holiday Party are scheduled Dec. 1 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway. Both events will feature food, beverages and a silent auction.

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