Town Crier Holiday Fund, Los Altos youth group among AFP honorees on 31st Philanthropy Day


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Paul and Liz Nyberg, Los Altos Town Crier publishers, accept the AFP award for the newspaper’s Holiday Fund.

Two Los Altos-based humanitarian endeavors received recognition Nov. 16 at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 31st annual Philanthropy Day luncheon at the Santa Clara Marriott.

Los Altos Community Foundation’s E3 Youth Philanthropy program and the Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund were among this year’s honorees.

Downtown lights parade scheduled Sunday


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The cavalcade of floats at the annual Festival of Lights Parade culminates in the elaborate float featuring Santa Claus and his reindeer, above. 

One of Los Altos’ biggest events of the year is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday, when the 41st annual Festival of Lights Parade is set to fill downtown Los Altos with a wide array of colorful sights and sounds.

An estimated 1,300 performers are expected to participate in the procession of floats, marching bands and costumed characters along Main and State streets. Thousands more will line city sidewalks to cheer them on.

Save the Date - Week of Nov. 21

Nov. 30

Holiday Tree-Lighting Ceremony, 6-8 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza, State and Main streets in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

Dec. 7

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon, 11:45 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. Information: jointvolunteerawards.com.

Community Briefs - Week of Nov. 21

Hidden Villa offers free access Friday

Hidden Villa has scheduled a free access day Friday, with trails and picnic areas open to all for a post-Thanksgiving outing.

Visitors to the organic farm and nature preserve can participate in a photo contest by snapping shots of their favorite Hidden Villa moments. Participants can visit its Instagram (@hiddenvilla) or Facebook (facebook.com/hiddenvilla) pages for contest regulations and details on weekly rewards. The Town Crier is participating in the contest judging. Photographers whose shots are selected as weekly winners will win their choice of Hidden Villa’s honey or olive oil, both locally grown.

Downtown College Prep: Preparing first-generation students for 4-year colleges


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Armando Cervantes, above in white cap, is pictured with Downtown College Prep’s first graduating class in 2004. Cervantes went on to attend San Jose State University and is now pursuing a career in medicine. 

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities.

Downtown College Prep runs two charter high schools and two middle schools. The singular goal for all students is that graduates are accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The Downtown College Prep community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

Veterans Resource Center: Empowering former veterans to succeed as college students


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Foothill College officials, representatives of the Rotary Club of Los Altos and other local leaders, above, attend a July 25 ribbon cutting for the new Los Altos Rotary Veterans Plaza, adjacent to the school’s Veterans Resource Center.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center aims to ensure that student veterans and military service members have access to quality services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

• 2018 update: The Rotary Club of Los Altos donated to the Veterans Resource Center to help fund construction of Veterans Plaza on the Foothill campus and creation of the Veterans Mural commemorating those who have served.


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