CHAC: Providing mental health services to schools, individuals and families


The Community Health Awareness Council works to improve lives and strengthen communities through access to comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services.

• Mission: The Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council, now in its 46th year, works to improve lives and strengthen communities through access to comprehensive and culturally responsive mental health services.

CHAC provides individual mental health counseling, classes and group support services to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and surrounding communities. The agency’s Early Intervention Counseling and Prevention programs serve one in every six students in 35 schools across four school districts, including all of the Los Altos elementary schools and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.

Local photographers donate art for PAMF Los Altos waiting area, offices


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Palo Alto Medical Foundation in Los Altos recently received framed photographs donated by local photographers for its waiting areas and 66 physicians offices.

Karen Druker, local artist and curator, who was on the team that procured art for the PAMF main campus in Palo Alto when it opened 20 years ago, partnered with clinic administrator Dr. Joe Lacy and former president of the Palo Alto Camera Club Judy Kramer to ask artists to join in the project.

Pop-up artisan market returns to Mtn. View

Mountain View’s artisan holiday market, ArtPop, opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22 at 275 Castro St.

The market, returning for the third year, will feature a selection of locally crafted, handmade items, including fashion accessories, jewelry, home decor and holiday decorations.

'Pride and Prejudice' musical debuts at TheatreWorks


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Justin Mortelliti stars as Mr. Darcy and Mary Mattison plays Lizzie Bennet in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Pride and Prejudice.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s world premiere production of the new musical version of Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice” is slated to open this week and run through Jan. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Although “Pride” has been musicalized in the past, director Robert Kelley, TheatreWorks’ retiring artistic director, believes this rendition – featuring book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon – brings something new to the stage.

CSA annual Holiday Sharing Program reflects changing needs of clients

The Mountain View-based Community Services Agency’s annual Holiday Sharing Program continues to evolve.

This year’s event – scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 – will focus on providing families with gift cards so that they can purchase items for their children. All clients will receive the traditional food bag with items for preparing holiday meals.

Los Altos Community Foundation awards $58K in grants to nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $58,000 in grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations and programs that address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants enable Animal Assisted Happiness to bring its Mobile Barnyard to special-education students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools, GreenTown Los Altos to fund its “Plant 500 Trees” initiative and the Healthier Kids Foundation to provide vision screening and glasses to local preschoolers and elementary school children. 


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