CSA boosts its outreach efforts to serve the area's hungry

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CSA volunteer Archana Appanna of Los Altos stocks shelves at the Food & Nutrition Center. The Community Services Agency offers drop-in services at its Mountain View location, but the agency has been expanding its scope through outreach efforts. 

• 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.

• 2016 update: CSA recently underwent a strategic planning process. One of the goals of that process was to help break down the barriers of access for its many services, said Maureen Wadiak, associate director of the nonprofit agency.

Kids of all backgrounds discover sustained welcome at Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa has offered generations of children wilderness experiences that nurture a love of the wild as well as an appreciation of campers’ racial and cultural differences. 

• 2016 update: The 1,500 young people from kindergarten through high school who visit the 1,600-acre preserve’s summer camp represent a striking cross section of Bay Area society. Many children return year after year, growing into camp leaders and venturing throughout the region on extended backpacking trips.

Los Altos Festival of Lights volunteers prepare for annual downtown parade

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Last year’s Festival of Lights Parade drew thousands of holiday revelers from all over the Bay Area.

As the holidays approach, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Association is gearing up for the 39th annual parade, scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 27 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Nancy Schneider, spokeswoman for the all-volunteer parade association, highlighted elements of this year’s parade.

Composer hits humorous notes for Morning Forum

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Rob Kapilow, standing, and members of the St. Lawrence String Quartet combined forces Oct. 18 to entertain – and educate – the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on the nuances of classical music.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos turned into a party Oct. 18 when music expert Rob Kapilow and the St. Lawrence String Quartet led the presentation “Haydn and the Detective Novel: Does Music Have a Plot?”

Using Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet Opus 76 No. 5, Kapilow – a composer, conductor, author and NPR music commentator – compared the piece to a mystery novel.

U.S. victims of Hiroshima attack subject of CSMA documentary

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a screening of the documentary “Paper Lanterns” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the school’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, Japan, Aug. 6, 1945. Among the estimated 140,000 casualties that day were 12 American prisoners of war.

Los Altos Library screens film on alleged atrocities in China

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a screening of “Hard to Believe,” a documentary that explores allegations of the murder of prisoners of conscience in China and the sale of their organs to foreign patients, 7-8 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Produced by Swoop Films and directed by the Emmy Award-winning Ken Stone, “Hard to Believe” examines what the filmmakers allege is the widespread practice by the Chinese government of executing political prisoners and selling of their organs to so-called transplant tourists.

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