CSA annual Holiday Sharing Program reflects changing needs of clients

The Mountain View-based Community Services Agency’s annual Holiday Sharing Program continues to evolve.

This year’s event – scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 – will focus on providing families with gift cards so that they can purchase items for their children. All clients will receive the traditional food bag with items for preparing holiday meals.

Los Altos Community Foundation awards $58K in grants to nonprofits

Los Altos Community Foundation recently awarded $58,000 in grants to 16 local nonprofit organizations and programs that address the needs and improve the quality of life for seniors, youth and vulnerable populations in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

The grants enable Animal Assisted Happiness to bring its Mobile Barnyard to special-education students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools, GreenTown Los Altos to fund its “Plant 500 Trees” initiative and the Healthier Kids Foundation to provide vision screening and glasses to local preschoolers and elementary school children. 

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, donuts, hot drinks and live music.

CSA head marks 20 years: Tom Myers oversees growth of agency's social services

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Los Altos resident Tom Myers has served 20 years as executive director of Community Services Agency, which assists the local area’s underserved population.

When Tom Myers came to Community Services Agency in 1999, he had no idea how long he would serve as executive director of the Mountain View-based nonprofit organization.

“Someone at the time told me that you will either be in there for six months and run screaming from the building or you will be in there for 25 years,” Myers said with a chuckle. “So I guess I’ve kind of proven to myself that I’m in the latter category.”

Rotary Club donates $26K in grants to local groups

The Los Altos Rotary Club awarded grants to nine community groups during its annual Fall Community Grants Program Nov. 14.

Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund community grant chairwoman Donna Verna and board president Stan Scardino presented $26,000 in grants to organizations in Los Altos and surrounding areas.

Community Briefs: World Affairs, Chef Chu's milestone

World Affairs covers erosion of democracies

Stanford University Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse will discuss the “Erosion of New Democracies in Europe” at the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs meeting scheduled 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Grzymala-Busse will review the rise of illiberal political parties that govern in Poland and Hungary. The countries were leaders of reforms after the collapse of communism in 1989, the first to embrace democracy and pursue free-market reforms, yet over the past decade, voters in Poland and Hungary elected governments that have attacked liberal democracy. Grzymala-Busse will explore what happened, examining the roots and consequences of the erosion of democracy in the new democracies of Europe, and why they have taken such a path.

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