Community Briefs - Week of Jan. 30

Show downtown LA some love Friday

Organizers hope the Valentine’s Stroll and First Friday activities scheduled this week will encourage visitors to show downtown Los Altos some love.

The events, scheduled 5-8 p.m. Friday, will include live music along downtown streets from 10 bands, as well as shops with extended hours, enabling patrons to shop for Valentine’s Day gifts.

Los Altos offers emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently launched a program that allocates $20,000 in grants to encourage emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

The Community & Emergency Preparedness Grant Program will fund as many projects as possible, from as many neighborhoods as possible. Projects must support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency, proactively prepare for emergencies and strengthen the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters or crime.

'Challenge' just a walk in the park for locals


Photo courtesy of Dinesh Desai
Ron Perkins and and Dinesh Desai enjoy Mount Madonna Park. Perkins, Desai and Frank Crossman hiked seven county parks covering more than 25 miles in two days. 

Dinesh Desai loves a challenge, particularly when it comes to hiking. So when the Santa Clara County Parks Department offered its annual hiking challenge for 2019, the longtime Los Altos resident and a few of his fit companions were up for it.

Desai, 79, and fellow Los Altos resident Ron Perkins, 79, and Frank Crossman, 75, of Palo Alto were the first finishers in this year’s #PixInParks challenge, which runs throughout the year. The challenge involves hiking seven county parks in two days. Desai, who has been hiking regularly since 1986, accomplished the same feat in just one day last year, but he did it in May, when the days were longer and the parks had extended hours.

Survivor of North Korean imprisonment describes ordeal


Ling

Journalist Laura Ling described to a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience her 140 days imprisoned in North Korea and her sister’s role in freeing her.

In her Jan. 15 presentation “Journey of Hope,” Ling offered an account of her capture and the efforts of her sister, Lisa Ling, to secure her release. The sisters co-authored a book about their experience, “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.”

Morning Forum schedule features architect, authors, historians

The Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is set to resume Tuesday with architect James Dixon.

Founded in Los Altos in 1950, the Morning Forum boasts 450 local members. The series features speakers who appear 10 a.m. every other Tuesday through the beginning of June at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Block Action Team offers training sessions

Los Altos Block Action Team leader training sessions are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. today and Feb. 28 at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Block Action Teams offer support and a communication network for neighbors during emergencies, as well as a social network for building relationships.


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