Community Briefs: Crime prevention, Hidden Villa

Police offer crime prevention update

Los Altos police captains Scott McCrossin and Katie Krauss are scheduled to host a crime prevention webinar 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The online forum will include an update on crime statistics and information on scams and crime trends. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Local music makers transition to online classes

Above Photo Courtesy of Kristine Dunn; Left photos Courtesy of Shaomei Wu
Kristine Dunn, director of Music For Families, above, conducts virtual music classes with students like Mountain View’s Wu-Lickly family, left.

As small businesses navigate the fluid shelter-in-place orders, Music For Families transformed its highly interactive in-person classes to a comprehensive online course.

A music and movement program for children under age 5 and their parents, Music For Families previously offered classes at Los Altos Lutheran Church and Opus 1 Music Studio in Mountain View.

Summer Reading Program goes virtual at libraries

The Santa Clara County Library District’s Summer Reading Program, “Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover,” is underway and registration is open. The free program, which runs through July 31, encourages readers of all ages to dig below the surface, investigate the unknown and discover new things.

Dozens of online events, ranging from family-friendly activities to adult classes, are planned over the next two months. All events and programs will be held virtually amid the pandemic.

Schola Cantorum showcases 'Poetry to Music' work on video

Screengrab from Schola Cantorum’s “Gilded Land” concert video
Composer Eric Tuan, from left, Schola Cantorum artistic director Buddy James and Sophia Smith collaborated on setting Smith’s poem “Gilded Land” to music.

Mountain View High School student Sophia Smith won Schola Cantorum’s “Poetry to Music” contest for her entry “Gilded Land.”

The Mountain View-based community chorus invited Santa Clara County high school students to submit poems suitable for setting to music on the theme “The Natural Beauty of California.”

Museum asks residents to share pandemic stories

To document the impact of COVID-19 on the community, the Los Altos History Museum seeks stories, photos, diary entries and other materials from residents of Santa Clara County. The material and online submissions will be archived for the museum’s permanent collection and preserved for future historians, researchers and visitors.

“We want to hear how you and your loved ones are experiencing this extraordinary event. How has it disrupted your lives? How are you getting through it? How have everyday routines changed in your household?” said Amy Ellison, exhibition curator. “Our grandkids and great-grandkids will wonder what life was like during this pandemic.”

Serving scholars

Courtesy of Shalini Gupta


Los Altos resident Shalini Gupta, customer advocate for AnewVista Community Services, reported that her nonprofit last month arranged for delivery of 400 meals to underserved students and families in the Upward Scholars program. “Our students work so hard, balancing so many responsibilities to pursue their goals. During these unprecedented times with so many losing jobs and wages, even access to food is a real challenge,” said Linda Prieto, executive director of Upward Scholars. “Our partnership with AnewVista and the drive-thru meal program helps provide a little bit of relief.” Participants also included Redwood City’s Veterans Memorial Senior Center, Sancho’s Taqueria and Blue Rock BBQ, pictured above.

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