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Volunteers needed for Sudden Oak Death event

The wet winter of 2017 could make this one of the worst years for spread of Sudden Oak Death, according to organizers of the annual Sudden Oak Death Blitz, scheduled 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

At the Blitz event, experts will train volunteers to help UC Berkeley researchers track the spread of Sudden Oak Death, which has killed millions of California trees, including many local oaks.

Local event puts up big numbers in support of Zimbabwe orphans

Courtesy of Ellen Clark
Ellie Clark, 4, of Soquel, left, is decked out in leopard face paint as she looks up to Alexis Shohet, center, and Kela Mavhera, right. Shohet, a Carlmont High School student, took second place in the high school division of the Run for Zimbabwe, while Mavhera, a Riverside resident, finished the 1-mile race with a time of 5:26. The Zimbabwe flag hangs in back.

The 18th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair generated 354 runners, 83 artists and more than 1,000 used pairs of shoes donated for underprivileged kids in Africa.

Organizers said the event, held March 26 at St. Joseph School in Mountain View, also generated approximately $32,000 for the Makumbi Children’s Home.

Local talent ready to go 'Live!' Saturday at LAHS

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Accomplished harpist Danielle Nam of Los Altos leads a multigenerational parade of talent at Los Altos Live!, scheduled Saturday.

The ninth annual Los Altos Live! talent show is scheduled 7 p.m. Saturday at Eagle Theater on the Los Altos High School campus, 201 Almond Ave.

The talent show usually features more than 75 performers in 20 different acts, ranging from dance groups to singers and musicians.

Wildlife center offers tips on care for injured, orphaned critters

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Kira Gunderson, an intern with the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, examines an injured dark-eyed junco fledgling. The bird was seizing and agonal and likely suffered head trauma.

The weather is warming. Flowers are blooming. The rain is (supposedly) subsiding.

Spring also brings a bounty of baby animals, some of them orphaned or presumably so. That makes late March through September the busiest time of year for local wildlife centers, including the nonprofit Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (WCSV). The San Jose-based rehabilitation facility serves injured, sick and orphaned critters sourced from communities between Mountain View and Gilroy – everything from hatchling birds to bobcats.

Expanding meal program plans kitchen

Jackie Risley/Special to the Town Crier
Hope’s Corner volunteers prepare for another morning feeding the community. The nonprofit group serves breakfast and lunch Saturdays at Mountain View Trinity United Methodist Church.

Volunteers and guests gather each Saturday morning at the corner of Hope and Mercy streets in Mountain View to share a hot meal. But hunger, and the work to relieve it, has been expanding beyond the means of the humble church kitchen they borrow.

The nondenominational nonprofit Hope’s Corner serves a free breakfast and bag lunch 8-10 a.m. Saturdays at Mountain View Trinity United Methodist Church to all who need it, many of them homeless or seniors. Hope’s Corner is preparing to break ground on an on-site kitchen that will expand how it serves that warm meal and social warmth. Through grants, fundraisers and many individual donations, the organization has raised $700,000 of the $1 million renovation project. A capital campaign running through May 15 looks to complete that total.

Rotarians promote literacy through Read Me A Picture

Anne Arjani/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Los Altos Rotarian Brandon Smith helps a student select a book to keep through the Read Me A Picture project. After children select a book, Rotarians prepare customized bookplates for them.

Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos participated in the community outreach program Read Me A Picture last month.

The project is designed to promote visual literacy, vocabulary development and art appreciation while exercising children’s imagination through book ownership. Each student selects a book and receives it with a special bookplate inscribed with his or her name.

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