Los Altos celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 22

Los Altos Chabad is scheduled to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public menorah-lighting ceremony 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Children will have the opportunity to wear an Oculus Go virtual-reality headset and go back in time to experience the story of Hanukkah, play dreidel, cook latkes and search for the missing oil. The event also will include arts and crafts, candle making, a balloon artist, latkes, donuts, hot drinks and live music.

CSA head marks 20 years: Tom Myers oversees growth of agency's social services

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Tom Myers has served 20 years as executive director of Community Services Agency, which assists the local area’s underserved population.

When Tom Myers came to Community Services Agency in 1999, he had no idea how long he would serve as executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit organization.

“Someone at the time told me that you will either be in there for six months and run screaming from the building or you will be in there for 25 years,” Myers said with a chuckle. “So I guess I’ve kind of proven to myself that I’m in the latter category.”

Rotary Club donates $26K in grants to local groups

The Los Altos Rotary Club awarded grants to nine community groups during its annual Fall Community Grants Program Nov. 14.

Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund community grant chairwoman Donna Verna and board president Stan Scardino presented $26,000 in grants to organizations in Los Altos and surrounding areas.

Community Briefs: World Affairs, Chef Chu's milestone

World Affairs covers erosion of democracies

Stanford University Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse will discuss the “Erosion of New Democracies in Europe” at the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs meeting scheduled 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Grzymala-Busse will review the rise of illiberal political parties that govern in Poland and Hungary. The countries were leaders of reforms after the collapse of communism in 1989, the first to embrace democracy and pursue free-market reforms, yet over the past decade, voters in Poland and Hungary elected governments that have attacked liberal democracy. Grzymala-Busse will explore what happened, examining the roots and consequences of the erosion of democracy in the new democracies of Europe, and why they have taken such a path.

Save the Date – Week of Nov. 27

Dec. 6

Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, 6 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

Dec. 8

Los Altos Hills Holiday Barn Lighting, 2-5 p.m. at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. The barn lights up at 5 p.m. Information: 947-2518.

Reach Potential Movement: Nurturing youth who dream, then aim to make it happen

Courtesy of Reach Potential Movement
Six students from Reach Potential Movement’s Young Leaders program participate in the organization, which equips underserved youth and families with leadership and life skills.

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips underserved youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to strengthen their communities.

• 2019 update: In addition to equipping students and their families with basic resources to thrive, RPM has increasingly emphasized its ability to act as a bridge, connecting to partners in the community that bring additional resources. Its newest program, One + Two, focuses on students in middle school, high school and junior college. Older students receive enterprise and entrepreneurship mentorship, and then pass it forward as leaders for younger students.

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