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Director: ECH mental health services expanding


The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

67th Morning Forum series offers diverse set of speakers

The 67th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series continues through June 6.

Founded in 1950, Morning Forum is an all-volunteer organization. The series, which features a varied lineup of speakers and topics, is scheduled 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

15th SV Reads program focuses on bias, justice

The annual Silicon Valley Reads program is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary with free events throughout Santa Clara County, including several at the Los Altos main library.

The goal of Silicon Valley Reads is to encourage reading, thinking and talking about important topics. This year’s theme, “…and justice for all,” focuses on “unconscious biases we all have, and how these assumptions, perceptions and prejudices can lead to people being treated unfairly, especially in the legal system,” organizers said, with the goal “to raise awareness and spark new ideas on how we can reduce bias in our legal system and our daily lives.”

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.

Community Briefs

County Fire Department hosts CERT program

The Santa Clara County Fire Department and the town of Los Altos Hills have scheduled Community Emergency Response Training sessions 6-9 p.m. March 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The program trains participants in emergency preparedness skills and provides basic disaster-response instruction to assist others when first responders are not immediately available.

Local resident shares lessons in aftermath of fallen oak tree

Courtesy of Ramya Krishna
A large oak tree fell on the Krishna family’s Los Altos house in January. Tree expert Roy Bradshaw said the tree suffered from “included bark,” causing it to split apart.

Like many Los Altos residents, I love our trees and enjoy their majestic natural beauty and the privacy their foliage provides. We take care of the large trees in our yard; they are inspected regularly to ensure their health.

However, we recently learned that even well-maintained trees can topple over – particularly during a strong storm.

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