Westwind 4-H offers volunteer orientation

            Westwind 4-H Riding for the Disabled has scheduled a volunteer orientation/training session noon Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

            Volunteers care for the horses and assist in leading or side-walking horses during lessons.

            No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

            Summer riding classes are slated 7-8 p.m. for the five Mondays in July: July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

            For the 2019-2020 riding schedule, visit westwind4h.org.

            For more information, leave a message on the 4-H phone line at 947-8680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Los Altos Hills Boy Scout receives $10,000 scholarship


Los Altos Hills resident Jay Bhateja, who recently graduated from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, developed many interests during his high school career, including Boy Scouts and neuroscience.

As a result of his work with the Scouts and in science, Bhateja last month received $10,000 from the Frank Livermore Trust – a local college scholarship fund – toward his education at the University of Washington.

Love is love: With help from El Camino Hospital, Santa Clara dads bring home twins

Eric Davidove/Special to the Town Crier 
David and Matt Siegel give their twins, Gabby and Cece, a boost in one of the neonatal intensive care unit bays at El Camino Hospital June 20.

David and Matt Siegel traveled to Mexico City in 2017 for the birth of their twin girls via surrogate. Their medical journey was fraught, but 18 months later, they’re sharing their story – and El Camino Hospital’s part in it – to help others.

Their babies – Cecelia and Gabrielle, nicknamed Cece and Gabby – were born at 32 weeks, requiring a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. Cece, who weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces at birth, was discharged first, and Gabby, 3 pounds, 4 ounces, remained in the NICU. In the predominantly Catholic country, homosexuality is openly frowned on. Only one dad was allowed in the NICU with the recovering Gabby – Matt sat with the newborn while David cared for Cece, and vice versa.

Now you're cooking: Classes set for July

The history and future of food is the focus of the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation.” Expanding on the theme, the museum has scheduled a series of cooking classes in July to bring adults together while deepening their relationship to food as they learn cooking skills from award-winning chef Joni Sare.

Inspired by the “Slow Food” movement, Sare, a leader of Slow Food South Bay, will share her passion for growing, cooking and eating food, as well as help people become organized and competent in the kitchen. Slow Food South Bay is a 20-year-old chapter of Slow Food, an international food and agriculture nonprofit group that supports good, clean, fair food for the planet.

Community Briefs - Week of June 26

Glorious Fourth set for Shoup Park

The city of Los Altos’ Recreation and Community Services has scheduled its annual Glorious Fourth picnic 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.

Activities will include live music from Ye Olde Towne Band and the Unicorns, and children’s games. Food will be available for purchase.

Serving up a tradition: Church's Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast helps foster kids

For nearly half a century, people have been lining up for homemade hotcakes on the Fourth of July at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, and this year’s Independence Day will serve up another stack.

Scheduled 8:30-11 a.m. in the church’s Bailey Hall at 858 University Ave., the 47th annual breakfast is free. Donations collected will support Help One Child’s Signs of Hope Camp, enabling 60 children to attend the camp in Scotts Valley.

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