Festival of Lights Parade canceled second straight year

After consultation with local law enforcement and public health authorities and in recognition of California’s restriction on large gatherings, the Los Altos Festival of Lights Committee has canceled this year’s Festival of Lights Parade. The event was rained out in 2019.

Proceeds from local resident’s Rescued! game support animal sanctuaries

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Courtesy of Isabelle Cnudde
Players try out the new card game Rescued!, the brainchild of Isabelle Cnudde. The Los Altos resident is the founder of the animal nonprofit Clorofil.

For Isabelle Cnudde, founder of the Los Altos animal nonprofit Clorofil, animals are her life. That’s why she designed Rescued!, an educational card game that features the true stories of rescued animals.

Annual 5K run benefiting local foster children goes virtual

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Courtesy of Chris Shum Photography
Foster5K includes many local participants, including Los Altos resident and event co-founder Debbie Crouse, back row, right. Pictured, front row, from left: Audrey Jee, Vivien Ekuan, Arlene Chan, Mari Vargas and Joy Erf. Back: Sara Markuson, Annette Motoyama, Grace Zakaria, Jenna Ahlheim, Olivia Blake, Ligia Marcu, Colleen Blake and Crouse.

Foster5K – formerly the Flower Run – is going virtual Sept. 13 for its fourth annual benefit. Originally scheduled April 26 at Sunnyvale Baylands Park, the Foster5K was postponed due to COVID-19-related shelter-in-place orders issued by Santa Clara County.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Restoring a displaced bronze tribute

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Photo by Robin Chapmam
The Walter Singer bronze was commissioned before his death. The official statue sat in what was then called Community Plaza – now Veterans Community Plaza – at the junction of Main and State streets. The bronze is now in storage.

I’ve been wondering what the late Los Altos businessman Walter Singer might have to say about the turn of events in his adopted country this summer, including a pandemic, anarchy in our cities and the destruction of statues.

Mtn. View volunteer’s program helps restaurants, underserved

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Courtesy of IdaRose Sylvester
IdaRose Sylvester, pictured at right, takes a selfie with an employee at Hobee’s restaurant in Mountain View after delivering checks for her Appetite for Good program.

IdaRose Sylvester’s Appetite for Good is managing to address two problems with one program.

New sculpture lights up downtown Los Altos

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Courtesy of Joel Bartlett
The Aug. 2 dedication of the new outdoor sculpture “Dodi,” drew a small group of art aficionados. “Dodi” is located at the Assistance League of Los Altos building on State Street.

As public gatherings go, this was a modest one – COVID-19 health and safety protocols have seen to that. But the Aug. 2 dedication of a new, lighted art installation in downtown Los Altos drew a small, socially distanced yet spirited group.

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