Community Briefs - week of Nov. 7

Local resident hosts ALS fundraiser

Los Altos businessman Robert Hammer is serving as event chairman for “Champions for a Care and a Cure,” a fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The event, featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, wine tasting and an auction, is scheduled 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

World War II vet, now 98, recalls role in ending conflict with Japan


Ronald Fredlund is one of a vanishing breed from the Greatest Generation, a World War II veteran who was just doing his job like so many others but ultimately played a role in altering the course of history.

With another Veterans Day approaching Sunday, Fredlund, 98, remembers his time in the war vividly.

As demand grows, CSA faces volunteer shortage

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CSA volunteer Ravi Dronamraju unloads a van full of donated food last week.

Community Services Agency not only needs volunteers during the holiday season – the local nonprofit organization also seeks year-round help.

CSA, which serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents in need, faces a shortage of long-term volunteers.

Live music, store promotions highlight upcoming First Friday

November’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Monthly First Fridays feature live entertainment, extended store hours, promotions, discounts on merchandise and services, restaurant happy hours, artist receptions and children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Morning Forum of Los Altos speaker shares inspiration behind project on racial passing

Allyson Hobbs shed light on racial identity in her presentation “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Oct. 16.

Hobbs, associate professor of history and director of African and African-American studies at Stanford University, invited the audience to participate by asking them to recall a time when their identity was mistaken, based on racial, gender, regional or religious identities, and then share their stories.

Sky's The Limit fundraiser speaks to healing power of alternative medicine

The wilderness offers “medicine” for healing spiritually and physically, but campers must be willing to find it. That was one of several inspiring points from keynote speaker Nate Mitchell at last week’s “Reaching for the Stars” fundraising breakfast supporting Sky’s The Limit Fund.

Mitchell’s Anasazi Foundation in Arizona is one of 10 wilderness camps nationwide that the Los Altos-founded Sky’s The Limit works with to help troubled youth and their families in crisis.

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