Los Altos resident's Flower Run changes location but maintains objective  helping foster children

Courtesy of Debbie Crouse
Participants from a past Flower Run 5K celebrate after finishing the race. This year’s event is scheduled Sunday at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale.

Debbie Crouse has a passion for bettering her community. Since moving to Los Altos in 2004, she has immersed herself in volunteering and advocating for foster children.

One way she does it is by organizing the annual Flower Run 5K, which she started three years ago. The event benefits Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and on whose board Crouse serves.

Pet of the Week - week of April 24

Pets In Need
Courtesy of Pets In Need
Hans is available for adoption through Pets In Need.

Hans is an 18-month-old male terrier mix available for adoption through Pets In Need. He is initially shy around new people, but it doesn’t take him long to warm up, according to Pets In Need reps. His favorite hangouts are on the desk and the lap of PIN’s shelter operations manager. He enjoys watching her type and provides occasional finger licks to solicit a cuddle. For more information on Hans and other animals available for adoption, call Pets In Need at 496-5971, visit petsinneed.org or stop by the facility at 3281 E. Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Save the Date - Week of April 17

May 10

Mother’s Day Wine Stroll, 6-9 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

May 18

Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ 72nd annual Pet Parade, 10 a.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: losaltoskiwanis.org.

Not letting go of his 'egg-o'

Town Crier File Photo

A young participant in last year’s spring egg hunt at Hillview Soccer Field snags a big catch. This year’s city of Los Altos-sponsored event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the field, 97 Hillview Ave. Activities will include games, singing, dancing and the egg hunt, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit losaltosrecreation.org.

Literature expert highlights Shakespeare's enduring legacy


Professor Emeritus Elliot Engel explained the enduring legacy of William Shakespeare in his April 2 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Shakespeare 400 Years Later: More Alive than Ever.”

“Although Shakespeare died in 1616, he is the greatest person who picked up a pen and wrote,” Engel said. “He’s our greatest writer and always will be. Because Shakespeare wrote plays, he wanted his words to roll over us as we listened to them.”

Dance festival comes to Mtn. View in May


The Lively Foundation has scheduled its seventh annual International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley in May at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 800 Church St.

Highlights of the festival include the Full Day of Dance, slated 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18, and the Festival Concert, set for 3 p.m. May 19.

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