Workshop shares tips for practicing holiday safety at home

The holidays can spark safety risks, with fires and injuries occurring as a result of decorated live Christmas trees, extra extension cords, candles, portable heaters and an abundance of cooking.

To alert local residents to the dangers, the Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, has scheduled a Holiday Safety Workshop 7 p.m. Dec 11 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Pet Pause: Things you should keep in mind as your pets grow older

 As pets grow older, their personalities mature and deepen. Unfortunately, they also develop health problems associated with older age. The following are problems we commonly see in older pets and methods to manage them.

CSMA presents free concert featuring Grammy winner

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is scheduled to present a free concert with three-time Grammy Award-winning artist John Daversa 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle.

Daversa will perform and share stories about works from his “American Dreamers: Voice of Hope, Music of Freedom” album, which features “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or Dreamer, artists.”

Help One Child: Supporting foster and adoptive families across four counties

Courtesy of Help One Child
Approximately 60 Help One Child campers ages 7-12 and 30 full-time volunteer counselors participate in a summer camp held in August.

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara, San Mateo, Contra Costa and Sonoma counties.

• 2019 update: Founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris 26 years ago, Help One Child expanded to Contra Costa and Sonoma counties in October, and executive director Valerie Crane said the nonprofit expects to launch in Alameda County next year.

Bayshore Christian Ministries: Equipping youth to develop as community leaders

Courtesy of Bayshore Christian Ministries
Students in Bayshore Christian Ministries, above and right, grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries (BCM) equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders so that they have hope and a future.

Jorge Peraza, a college graduate who has been both a BCM participant and intern, expressed his appreciation for the organization.

Veterans Resource Center: Helping student veterans transition to college

Courtesy of Veterans Resource Center
A mural paying tribute to veterans marks the location of the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

• Mission: The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to ensure that the nation’s student veterans and military service members are provided quality support services and opportunities for academic success, professional growth and meaningful employment.

Located on the Foothill campus, the center offers veterans opportunities to pursue educational and career success. The resources support not only veterans, but also eligible dependents, active-duty service members, select reserve service members and National Guard members.

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