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Wildlife center offers tips on care for injured, orphaned critters

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

Mother-daughter artists share paintings at Rotary Club event

Courtesy of Patricia Rohrs
The colorful mother-daughter team of Suzanne Etienne and Nicole Etienne believe in delivering joy through art.

Mother and daughter artists Suzanne Etienne and Nicole Etienne share a passion for abundant, colorful beauty, which they express through their paintings.

Both artists are scheduled to showcase their work at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 42nd annual Fine Art in the Park event, slated 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 and 21 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

Community Briefs


‘Speaking Volumes’ features pianist

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is scheduled to headline the Los Altos Library Endowment’s annual “Speaking Volumes” event 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Nakamatsu, a Stanford University graduate, began playing music at age 4. He has been a guest soloist with many leading orchestras and won the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997.

At the Library

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

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