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Sky's the Limit Fund helps youth in crisis through wilderness therapy

Photo Courtesy of Sky’s The Limit Fund
Sky’s the Limit Fund, founded by two Los Altos residents, provides scholarships to help at-risk youth attend effective – and expensive – wilderness camps across the country. The scholarships support less- affluent families who could otherwise not afford the experience.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund supports youth in crisis by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs and beyond for families with financial need.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

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Volunteer awards luncheon set for Friday

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is scheduled to host its 34th annual Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The cities have given the awards since 1983 to honor individuals who have volunteered their time to serve in the communities. The committee has recognized more than 300 individuals and groups to date.

Child Advocates provides stability and hope for at-risk children

Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Ann Oliver of Los Altos, left, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Colette, right, through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

• Mission: Child Advocates’ mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice in their lives. The agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who work with children in the dependency system. Each CASA volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child and acts as a mentor, advocate and caring friend for that child.

The nonprofit focuses on “8 Key Areas of Support” for achieving positive outcomes: education, trust and relationship building, self-esteem building, healthy choices and behaviors, developmental milestones/independent living skills, new experiences, cultural/community events and extracurricular activities.

Los Altos clubs join forces to salute local veterans for miltary service

Photos courtesy of Jerry Tomanek
Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen, left, and U.S. Navy commanding officer Raymond Stromberger, right, speak at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 10.

Flags flew high as the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs honored 46 local veterans from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Garden House at Shoup Park Nov. 10.

Rotarian Dick Henning opened the program, telling the vets that the service club members appreciated their military service and recognized that “freedom is not free.”

Art historian paints picture of Impressionism in Morning Forum talk


Art historian Brigid Barton, Ph.D., offered her impressions of the rise of Impressionism in the presentation “The New Paris and Impressionism” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 15.

Barton is Professor Emerita of Art History at Santa Clara University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She also teaches in the Stanford University Continuing Studies program and at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She studied at Columbia University’s Barnard College and earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley.

After 20 years, Day Worker Center serves as 'beacon' in Mtn. View

Courtesy of Jack Owicki
Mountain View City Councilman Ken Rosenberg honors Day Worker Center Executive Director Maria Marroquin at the center’s 20th anniverary celebration.

Employers come to the Day Worker Center in Mountain View to find casual labor – movers, gardeners and cleaners. Workers come in search of a safe space, where rates are negotiated and people can watch each other’s backs.

But they are not the only ones who turn to the center, which after 20 years in operation has become a site of community organizing and advocacy for residents of all kinds.

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