Community Services Agency kicks off 'Los Altos Can' campaign

Community Services Agency launched a canned-food drive for the summer, a time of year when donations are historically low. The social media campaign, dubbed “Los Altos Can,” challenges residents to bring a can of healthy food to a local food pantry.

Through Aug. 2, residents are urged to bring donations to a food pantry – either CSA or another – and post a photograph or video of themselves doing so on social media, tagging the post with #CanChallenge, #LosAltosCan and #CSAcares.

Hills resident's artwork featured on town website

Courtesy of Larry William
Larry William’s “Bashful Masai Woman” is among his works on display online on the Los Altos Hills website.

Los Altos Hills resident Larry William’s documentary photography portfolio, titled “Who We Are: Digital Portraits of Humanity,” is available for viewing online through July 31 on the town’s website at

William focuses his photographs on the ideas of people’s commonalities and uniqueness, according to a press release.

Tidying up the trails: Local couple volunteers to keep Rancho San Antonio beautiful

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Richard and Esther Blanchard, top and above, regularly devote their time to beautify Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Mora Drive residents Richard and Esther Blanchard enter Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve armed with tools and trash bags. Volunteering their energies for the past three years, hardly a day goes by that they don’t do something to improve the park.

Their initial goal was to remove thistles from the Mora Drive trail.

Community Briefs

Schola sing-along series continues

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program is scheduled to continue 7:30 p.m. Monday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Attendees can sing along as a “drop-in” choir as Buddy James, Schola Cantorum’s artistic director and director of choral/vocal studies at Cal State East Bay, conducts Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Fauré’s “Requiem.”

Los Altos rolls out the green carpet for pop-up park

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Children share a meal on Los Altos’ Downtown Green in July 2018.

The city of Los Altos is set to roll out the Downtown Green Friday, when the temporary pop-up park space debuts on Third Street between Main and State streets.

The stretch of road is scheduled to be covered in green synthetic turf and lined with colorful furniture.

Los Altos man helped Apollo 11 speed safely to Moon

Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
Henry A. “Hank” Cole, left, in the office of his Los Altos home with his dog, Mimmi, worked on NASA’s space program in its early days. As NASA celebrates the 50th anniverary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, the retiree finds himself in demand.

Los Altos resident Henry A. “Hank” Cole is having a busy summer. He has been preparing for a speech he’ll give in Oakland this week. And because he was on the team at NASA that worked on the space program, he has also spent many hours helping them with research for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

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