Memorial Day remembered

Veterans, city officials and local residents participated in a wreath-laying ceremony May 29 at the Mountain View Veterans Memorial in Eagle Park. Among the attendees was Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg, who laid a wreath on the Class of 1945’s bronze plaque under the 1924 Mountain View Union High School flagpole at the memorial. Participants also placed wreaths under the service emblems for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Mountain View Veterans Memorial Committee and the American Legion Moffett Field Post 881 co-sponsored the event

Los Altos libraries offer summer "Reading by Design" program

The Santa Clara County Library District’s “Reading by Design” summer program aims to inspire children, teens and adults with a host of free activities and events.

Celebrating the creativity of authors, illustrators, builders, inventors, artists and architects, the program, which runs through July 31, encourages participants to explore individual creativity while designing new learning opportunities.

Mayors talk cities' good fortune at 'State of the Cities' event

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Walter and Marie Singer Award recipients Liz and Paul Nyberg, center, accept congratulations and plaques from Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, from left, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck and State Sen. Jerry Hill.

At Friday’s annual “State of the Cities” event, the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills offered an optimistic sense of where the two cities are and where they hope to be in coming years.

For Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, a recent trip to a conference of American mayors proved eye-opening. Compared with problems plaguing other cities, such as high unemployment rates and opioid addiction, Los Altos, she said, has “an embarrassment of riches.”

HOME unveils apartment upgrades

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Visitors tour the upgraded HOME apartment, one of 42 being renovated at the complex near Stanford’s medical center.

The Assistance League of Los Altos last week marked 30 years of offering low-cost housing to outpatients at Stanford University Medical Center by unveiling renovations to its apartment complex, located adjacent to the medical campus.

The upgrades, which so far are limited to one model unit and a few common areas, will make the apartments more handicapped-accessible and energy-efficient. Plans also include modern features such as stainless-steel appliances, laminate flooring and colorful furniture.

Preschoolers participate in clothing drive for new moms

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Students from Hillview’s Children’s Corner preschool last winter help Loved Twice workers load a car with clothing donations for mothers in need. Another clothing drive takes place this month.

The annual Children’s Corner and Loved Twice clothing drive doesn’t just help the new mothers who receive the clothes – it also fosters a sense of empathy in the preschool-aged children who donate.

“I think that kids must get so much out of this – somebody that young to think about others,” said Lance Lawson, Loved Twice’s development and community relations director for Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

CCA forum addresses Hillview plans

            The grassroots group Community Center Alliance has scheduled a forum, “Planning Hillview Community Center,” 7-8:30 p.m. June 14 in the Grant Park Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

            The forum is designed to explore ideas for rebuilding Hillview, according to event organizers.

            A panel discussion moderated by Robin Abrams, community volunteer and retired tech executive, will feature:

  • Anabel Pelham, professor emerita of gerontology at San Francisco State University and a founding director of the Center for Age Friendly Excellence
  • Therese Kristensen, Grant Park neighbor and community volunteer
  • Brad Jacobson, design team lead for the Packard Foundation headquarters in Los Altos for EHDD, a San Francisco-based architectural design firm
  • Birgitte Goossen, Community Center Alliance member and technology and facilities professional
  • Bruce Barton, editor-in-chief of the Los Altos Town Crier

            Admission is free and open to the public.

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