YMCA's Wellness Series continues today with talk on maternal health


The El Camino YMCA is set to present the second talk in its new Wellness Series – a free, discussion-based workshop on community and family wellness – 7 p.m. today in Mountain View.

Books4Schools receives grant from Los Altos Community Foundation

Books4Schools, a program that provides free books to public school teachers, recently received a grant from Los Altos Community Foundation that will enable it to expand its services to local high schools.

Launched by the Friends of the Library of Los Altos last spring, Books4Schools offers free classroom books to local school teachers during the Friends’ quarterly used-book sales.

Local group wins award from Library of Congress: Bring Me A Book receives recognition

Courtesy of Judy Crates
Bring Me A Book provides free books to underserved families. Workshops offer opportunities for families to make custom “cubbies,” above, for storing the new books.

A local nonprofit group recently won an award from the Library of Congress for fostering a love of reading.

The Bring Me A Book Foundation, founded by Palo Alto resident Judy Koch in 1997, was among 15 organizations honored by the world’s largest library for best practices in literacy promotion.

Community Briefs – Week of Nov. 13

Museum rings in holidays with ‘Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday celebration noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include live music, refreshments and gift boutiques for shoppers. Visitors may tour the J. Gilbert Smith House, decorated for a historical 1930s Christmas, and enjoy home-baked treats on the porch as Carole Cameron plays Christmas music on the piano at 1 p.m. Shoppers will have the first opportunity to purchase items at a holiday boutique that runs through December.

CSA honors Los Altos volunteer for boosting food drive


Community Services Agency honored Eugene Fram, a CSA board member and Los Altos resident, as a Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser at the annual Silicon Valley Philanthropy Day luncheon Nov. 8.

Fram was among 23 volunteers recognized for their leadership and service in fundraising for local nonprofit organizations.

Veteran navigates transition to college with help from Foothill center, Rotarians

Courtesy of Foothill College Veterans Resource Center
U.S. Navy vet Charles Viajar graduated from Foothill College and transferred to San Jose State. He credits Foothill’s Veterans Resource Center with putting him on a career path.

Charles Viajar knows firsthand the positive impact Foothill College’s Veterans Resource Center can have on a student veteran. The support and resources the VRC offered factored in his decision to attend Foothill and later transfer to San Jose State University.

Viajar knew that he could use the self-discipline and leadership skills he learned from his six years in the U.S. Navy in civilian life, but he also recognized that the transition out of the military might be difficult for him, as it is for many veterans.

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