Deer Hollow Farm receives funding for barn renovation

Plans are underway to renovate Deer Hollow Farm’s historical white barn, the result of a funding partnership between the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the city of Mountain View and Friends of Deer Hollow Farm.

“Through partnerships, we’re able to preserve this historic ranch and provide environmental education to the community and thousands of local children who enjoy the farm’s outdoor camps and programs each year,” said Ana María Ruiz, general manager of the open-space district.

It's that time again: Town Crier seeks spooky stories

October is here, which means Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words. We will award first-, second- and third-place honors to the authors. First-place authors will receive a prize.

Community Briefs: Week of Oct. 10

LACF hosts annual brunch

Los Altos Community Foundation has scheduled its annual brunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Each year the foundation’s brunch features a buffet followed by a presentation on innovative approaches to addressing local and global issues.

Save the Date: Week of Oct. 10

Oct. 25

“One from the Heart,” breakfast fundraiser for Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 7:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Information:

Oct. 31

2018 Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. on Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association. Information:

ADL fundraiser honors Susan Wojcicki


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an international civil rights organization, will present YouTube CEO and Los Altos resident Susan Wojcicki with its Torch of Liberty Award at an ADL fundraising event scheduled 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 at a private location in Woodside.

The award recognizes Wojcicki’s “innovative leadership as a woman in technology and her commitment to address gender bias and discrimination in the tech community,” according to a statement from the ADL. “Throughout her career, Susan has been a vocal proponent of gender equality – from denouncing discrimination and overcoming stereotypes in her own life to advocating for the expansion of paid family leave and empowering women to join the tech industry. She has been a stalwart leader for social justice in the tech community.”

ADL officials said Wojcicki has used her position to speak out on behalf of “fair treatment for all. … In her role at YouTube, she and her team are working harder than ever to maintain an open platform for free speech and expression, unfettered by hatred and extremism.”

Event registration is open through Oct. 17.

Tickets are $350.

To register and for more information, visit

Gender equity still a ways off, speaker tells AAUW at kickoff meeting

Allyson Johnson/ Special to the Town Crier
Grace Liu, Tech Trek camp attendee, shares about an engineering project at the Sept. 23 AAUW meeting.

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women launched its 2018-2019 membership year with a program on gender equity Sept. 23 at the Los Altos main library.

In her presentation – “Gender Equity: What’s Taking So Long?” – Emily Carian, doctoral candidate at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, discussed her research, which focuses on interviewing men who are self-described “feminists” or “men’s rights activists.”

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