LAUMC artist who lost home in Napa blaze aiding wildfire victims


Courtesy of Bobby Jo Valentine
Singer-songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine is helping fire victims through benefit concerts.

Musician Bobby Jo Valentine can relate to those who lost their homes in last fall’s Camp Fire in Butte County. The singer-songwriter lost his own home in the North Bay wildfires the year before.

That led Valentine, an artist-in-residence at Los Altos United Methodist Church, to perform a series of benefit concerts for Camp Fire victims.

Los Altos Community Foundation opens grant cycle

Los Altos Community Foundation’s Community Grants Program is accepting grant applications for its spring grants cycle through Feb. 12.

The program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

World Affairs talk spotlights wildlife threat

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Global Threat to Wildlife: Consequences for Ecosystems and Humans” 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Roldolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science at Stanford University, will share his insights on the impacts of wildlife decline and discuss his current field work in Mexico and Kenya, as well as approaches to reversing wildlife loss through collaboration with indigenous communities.

Admission is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

The program is co-sponsored by the Los Alto Library.

For more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit worldaffairs.org/events/chapters/peninsula-chapter.

Community Briefs - Week of Jan. 30

Show downtown LA some love Friday

Organizers hope the Valentine’s Stroll and First Friday activities scheduled this week will encourage visitors to show downtown Los Altos some love.

The events, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday, will include live music along downtown streets from 10 bands, as well as shops with extended hours, enabling patrons to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts.

Los Altos offers emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently launched a program that allocates $20,000 in grants to encourage emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

The Community & Emergency Preparedness Grant Program will fund as many projects as possible, from as many neighborhoods as possible. Projects must support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency, proactively prepare for emergencies and strengthen the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters or crime.

'Challenge' just a walk in the park for locals


Photo courtesy of Dinesh Desai
Ron Perkins and and Dinesh Desai enjoy Mount Madonna Park. Perkins, Desai and Frank Crossman hiked seven county parks covering more than 25 miles in two days. 

Dinesh Desai loves a challenge, particularly when it comes to hiking. So when the Santa Clara County Parks Department offered its annual hiking challenge for 2019, the longtime Los Altos resident and a few of his fit companions were up for it.

Desai, 79, and fellow Los Altos resident Ron Perkins, 79, and Frank Crossman, 75, of Palo Alto were the first finishers in this year’s #PixInParks challenge, which runs throughout the year. The challenge involves hiking seven county parks in two days. Desai, who has been hiking regularly since 1986, accomplished the same feat in just one day last year, but he did it in May, when the days were longer and the parks had extended hours.


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