Community Briefs – Week of Aug. 21

Carbon Bootcamp open to local residents

The GreenTown Los Altos-sponsored Carbon Bootcamp aims to make it easy and compelling for people to make choices that have a positive impact on the climate.

Participants in the six-week bootcamp will receive boxes full of gear and challenges conducted via a text-messaging platform. The bootcamp is free for the first 300 people to register from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View (ZIP codes 94040 and 94042) by Aug. 28.

YMCA's inaugural Tour de Hope deemed a success


The El Camino YMCA’s inaugural Tour de Hope cycling fundraiser Aug. 1 generated $4,800 for the nonprofit Hope’s Corner in Mountain View.

Six teams participated in the event, which involved a stationary bike competition among two- and three-person teams trying to pedal the most miles over 90 minutes. The names of winners Vin Wolff and Chris MacAskill will appear on the Tour de Hope Cup, an oversized stainless-steel measuring cup.

A magical family: Chans showcase talents at Los Altos Farmers' Market

Courtesy of The Chan Family
The Chan family performs magic locally and regionally.

Four nights a year, a small garage in Fremont becomes a theater for magicians – including a family that performs regularly in the Los Altos area.

St. Simon choir concert supports social justice night Voices of Hope concert

St. Simon Catholic Parish has scheduled a concert featuring the Voices of Hope Humanitarian Choir 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos.

The evening also will include players from the Cal Arte Ensemble performing works by George Frideric Handel and composer Henry Mollicone’s “Beatitude Mass for the Homeless.”

Benefit supports spinal muscular atrophy research

Courtesy of Marge Shively
Volunteers stuff envelopes for the Walk-n-Roll fundraiser for spinal muscular atrophy. Pictured are, seated from left: Judy Doty, Walk co-chairwoman Krisie Nguyen, Ann Roper, Walk co-chairwoman Marge Shively, Rory Kaplan and Carolyn Ireland. Standing: Jane Halligan, Nancy Grippo, Nancy Cook, Joyce Johnsen, Carol Hackford, Peter Meigs, Lois Rosenblum, Walk co-chairwoman Pat Wolff. Not pictured: Judy William, Don McCauley, Vicki Oldberg, Judi Gentry, Kathy Radford, Annemarie Rosengreen, Marguerite Cardinal, Pat Frankenfeld and Marge Meigs.

Los Altos residents Marge and Jim Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 3 months old in 2002. She died three years later, just shy of her fourth birthday. The Shivelys and their daughter, Linda, Jessica’s mother, have since dedicated their time and energy to finding a cure for the disease.

SMA is the No. 1 genetic cause of death in infants. One in 50 people are carriers, and it afflicts one in 10,000 babies born, no matter the gender or ethnicity. SMA affects a child’s ability to crawl, sit, walk, swallow and breathe.

SIR Branch 35 hosts lunch, estate planning speaker Sept. 18

Sons In Retirement Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Guest speaker Jason Largey will discuss “Estate Planning Changes in the New Federal Tax Era.”

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