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'Catch the Spirit' event features Authors Showcase

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” event noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 15.

In addition to refreshments, live music from Schola Cantorum and a holiday boutique stocked with gifts, holiday decor and community mementoes, “Catch the Spirit” will include an expanded Authors Showcase at 1:30 p.m.

Festival of Lights Parade marks 40 years

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Santa Claus rides atop a float at last year’s Festival of Lights Parade.

The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled to celebrate its 40th anniversary 6 p.m. Nov. 26 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Hope Higby, Marion Jackston and Jack Huston staged the first parade in 1977 as a goodwill gesture sponsored by downtown merchants. The parade expanded in subsequent years, with local residents and civic leaders Bob Grimm, Ed Hilton and Ted Johnston building floats and purchasing costumes.

Local honored for efforts in paralysis research

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The Bridgman family is set to receive the Spirit of Courage Award.

Giving up is not in Chris Bridgman’s character.

“I’ve always considered myself a fighter,” said the Los Altos native.

American Legion posts co-host Veterans Day event in Mtn. View

Members of American Legion Post 881 and the Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee have scheduled a Veterans Day ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial in Eagle Park, 650 Franklin St.

The event will feature the Mountain View Fire Department Honor Guard presenting the colors, an a capella group from Mountain View High School singing the national anthem and a Cub Scout leading the Pledge of Alligiance.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center reaches out to underserved residents

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In addition to operating its own food pantry, the Community Services Agency distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2017 update: CSA continues to work at reducing access barriers to its many services and has increased outreach to schools and the homeless population. In addition to operating its own food pantry, CSA distributes food at two Mountain View elementary schools – Castro and Theuerkauf – as well as the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. A partnership with West Valley Community Services enables CSA to share a van for food outreach. The agency also helps stock the pantry at Foothill College and support the senior nutrition program at the Mountain View Senior Center.

Jeremiah's Promise helps foster children develop confidence

Courtesy of Jeremiah's Promise
Jeremiah's Promise founder Kim Golter, above, leads a workshop for foster youth graduating from the system and beginning their careers. The nonprofit organization uses a curriculum focused on emotional healing to support achievement in work and education. 

  • Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to equip transition-age foster youth for a better future. The program lays the groundwork for emotional healing, academic resilience and leadership development as well as career-path competency.

• 2017 update: Jeremiah’s Promise continues to work with local foster youth in workshops and via one-on-one online coaching, and it has expanded its services to teach other foster agencies around the U.S. about its custom-designed online coaching model.

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