LACF awards $46.5K in grants to 10 local nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation awarded $46,500 in grants to 10 local nonprofit agencies focused on helping seniors, youth, vulnerable populations and the arts.

The grants will support services such as Bay Area Furniture Bank’s collection and distribution of furniture to families in need, Community Services Agency’s efforts to develop an interfaith group to address local homelessness and economic disparity, and Los Altos Forward’s goal to help expand its Club 55 events for seniors.

Local Girl Scouts build 'little library' as part of Silver Award project

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Now freshmen at Mountain View High, Trisha Gongalore, right, from left, Mira Shah and Julia Knopf will receive the Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn – for their project in April.

As cadettes with the Girl Scouts, Mira Shah, Trisha Gongalore and Julia Knopf not only organized a library for a good cause – they also built one with their own hands as part of their Silver Award project.

The three local girls spent a year building a “little library,” a mini-library they installed in August at LifeMoves, an organization that assists the homeless in Palo Alto.

New Los Altos History Museum exhibition looks to the sky

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The new Los Altos History Musuem exhibition chronicles the story of birds – their beauty, their biology, their migrations and their ecosystems.

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway,” is scheduled to open Jan. 25 and run through April 1.

The display chronicles the story of birds – their beauty, their biology, their migrations and their ecosystems. Curated by professors from the UC Davis School of Design, the exhibition is inspired by the natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the western edge of North America.

Local leaders share personal, professional goals for 2018

“To survive. It is an honor to be mayor again. In addition, I have a full-time job and serve on three great nonprofit boards, so surviving next year is my goal.

“(As for a personal goal) I used to be a good golfer, but my game has fallen apart. Maybe I can find a way to put it back together again.”

Morning Forum continues with Jan. 16 program

The 68th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series will continue Jan. 16 with travel journalist Rudy Maxa’s presentation on “The Transformative Power of Travel.”

Lectures are slated 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Foothills Congregational Church to perform musical tribute to MLK

Foothills Congregational Church’s Ensemble, adult and bell choirs and the Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley are scheduled to perform a musical and spoken-word tribute to the work of Martin Luther King Jr., “Driving Out the Darkness,” 2 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Foothills sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The choirs will celebrate the legacy of King’s call to social and civil change through nonviolent protest and discourse. According to concert organizers, King’s words are as relevant and powerful today as they were 60 years ago. They will remember the work of King and other civil rights activists, who labored to ensure equality, justice and peace for future generations. In doing so, organizers said, “we remember that the work is not finished,” and the music will aim to “inspire people to continue to spread the light that will drive out darkness in today’s uncertain world.”

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