Community Briefs, Hanukkah, CSMA holiday concert

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, doughnuts, hot drinks and live music.

Town Crier names Ed and Pamela Taft Los Altans of the Year for 2019

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The Town Crier has named Los Altos Hills philanthropists Ed and Pamela Taft as the Los Altans of the Year.

The Los Altos Town Crier has named Ed and Pamela Taft its 2019 Los Altans of the Year.

The Los Altos Hills residents have made a major impact locally, nationally and internationally, giving their time and money to a multitude of good causes.

Longstanding Los Altos Art Club open to new members

The Los Altos Art Club seeks to expand its membership by reaching local artists in all media categories.

The club meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Grant Park Senior Center, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

Terraces retirement community to mark 70 years with celebration

The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled a 70th anniversary celebration 3-5 p.m. Thursday at 373 Pine Lane.

The retirement community, originally known as Pilgrim Haven, traces its roots back to 1949, when the American Baptist Convention was in need of a care home for retired ministers, missionaries and their spouses.

City of Los Altos offers emergency preparedness grants through Jan. 14

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime, and to increase communication and bolster connections.

Downtown College Prep: Helping first-generation students thrive in college

Courtesy of Downtown College Prep
Downtown College Prep runs two charter high schools and two middle schools.

• 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.

DCP 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 DCP community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

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