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Kids with autism benefit from exposure to arts in CSMA program

The Artistic Intelligence program at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View benefit from participation in both music and the visual arts. The program receives much of its funding from Holiday Fund donations.

• Mission: Mountain View’s Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) promotes art and music education for students of all ages and abilities. The Holiday Fund almost exclusively funds the organization’s Artistic Intelligence program, which offers students with special needs classes in art, music and dance three days a week, September through April. Participants develop friendships and community outside their typical one-on-one teaching scenarios.

At the conclusion of each season, students participate in a ceremony recognizing their successful completion of the programs through the presentation of awards.

Author of book chronicling Holocaust heroism slated for talk tonight at LAUMC

Bay Area author Marty Brounstein is scheduled to share his tribute to his personal heroes, Frans and Mien Wijnakker – a Dutch couple who harbored Jews during the Holocaust – 7 p.m. today in the Creekside Building at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The histories of major events and leaders over the centuries tend to be written long after the event, when the complete information is available and the participants are in a position to disclose and describe the details of the experience.

Barbara Emerich: Longtime Los Altos resident was dedicated advocate for schools, children


Barbara Emerich, longtime Los Altos resident and prominent advocate for social justice, died Oct. 7 after a short illness. She was 96.

Community Briefs

Downtown celebration set for Friday

November’s First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. in downtown Los Altos, will include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and special promotions.

Friday’s event will feature discounts on merchandise and services; restaurant happy hours; and Club 55, the pop-up club for residents 55 and up, on the back patio at the Costume Bank at 169 State St. The club will offer wine tasting and appetizers.

National MS Society receives $3 million from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd

Courtesy of National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Multiple Sclerosis Society CEO Cyndi Zagieboylo visits with Edward Dowd.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has received what representatives called “a significant, life-changing gift” from Los Altos resident Edward Dowd.

The gift will establish the Edward M. Dowd Personal Advocate Program, enabling some patients to continue living in their homes.

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