Community Briefs, Helplines, Midpen

City of Los Altos offers helplines

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services department has launched community helplines to provide Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents with COVID-19 information and resources throughout the public health crisis.

Through the Senior Connection and Community Connection helplines, city staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and connect residents with support services covering technical needs, transportation, food assistance and home activities.

Photographer brings cheer to local families during quarantine


PHOTOS BY MAUD DAUJEAN/Special to the Town Crier
Maud Daujean’s photos offer a lighthearted take on how residents are coping with the shelter-in-place order. Tom and Barbara McCarthy, left, use a measuring tape to adhere to the 6-foot rule. The Daujean family, right, marks the quarantine in tie-dye attire.

The shelter-in-place directive isn’t stopping one outgoing Los Altos photography artist from reaching out and connecting with other residents.

Maud Daujean, who last year launched a photo gallery spotlighting the lives of older adults, “Every Wrinkle Tells a Story,” is compiling a new family portrait gallery chronicling what she calls “ordinary life in an extraordinary situation.”

Pets In Need sets out to save big dogs


Courtesy of Katerina Adamos-Jardine
Nanna, estimated to be 8 years old, is among the big dogs Pets In Need has saved from euthanization this year. Nanna was adopted Feb. 20.

Pets In Need proudly bills itself as Northern California’s first no-kill shelter, and it now wants to save animals at other shelters as well.

The Redwood City-based nonprofit, which provides animal control services to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, recently launched a new program to protect big dogs slated for euthanization at other shelters. The program, Cause for Big Paws, aims to save dogs weighing in at 35 pounds or more, according to executive director Al Mollica.

Los Altos student's 'Quarantine Song' gets more than 1,000 views on YouTube


Gonzales

Music has always filled Gianna Gonzales’ life – her family recalls hearing her cooing and humming as a baby – and COVID-19 hasn’t put a stop to that.

The college student from Los Altos, now back at home, recently wrote a song about the importance of the state’s shelter-in-place order.

Confronting Domestic Violence: How to survive domestic abuse during quarantine

 

This is the first in a six-part series on victims of domestic violence who must continue to live with their abusers during the quarantine.

Community Briefs, LAH rec page, helplines

LAH offers virtual recreation webpage

The town of Los Altos Hills’ Parks and Recreation department offers a “Virtual Recreation Resources” page for local children looking for something fun to do.

“This is your place for fun, education, and resources through these unprecedented times,” the website states. “We are committed to ensuring that our residents have resources to maintain healthy lives, foster relationships, and continue to make memorable experi- ences.”

According to recreation personnel, the page will be updated with “shelter-order-approved recreation ideas to keep you and your family healthy, entertained, and informed.”

To access the page and for more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov/499/ Virtual-Recreation-Resources.

City of Los Altos launches ‘helplines’

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services department launched community helplines April 2 to provide Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents with COVID-19 information and resources throughout the public health crisis.

Through the Senior Connection and Community Connection helplines, city staff and volunteers are available to answer questions and connect residents with support services covering technical needs, transportation, food assistance and home activities. Additionally, under the Senior Connection helpline, city staff and volunteers are offering phone check-ins to residents feeling isolated.

“The effects of COVID-19 impact every resident in our community, and people are experiencing a heightened sense of anxiety and helplessness,” said Donna Legge, director of Recreation and Community Services. “Each connection is a line of support between the city and the community, relaying helpful resources, alleviating stress and offering comfort during this uncertain time.”

Senior Connection, available to residents 50 and older, operates 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at 947-2797. Community Connection, available to all residents, runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 947-2790.

LA offers options to boost morale

The city of Los Altos is looking to boost residents’ morale with a bevy of online options.

City officials designed a webpage with the aim of serving as a clearinghouse for a variety of positive-thinking campaigns.

The city also is addressing the “cabin fever” problem afflicting residents sheltering in place by offering an online page with a wide range of activities. The page includes educational, entertainment and fitness-oriented options.

For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/citymanager/page/fun-activities-keep-you-busy-during-covid-19-shelter-place.

Preserves still open – but keep distance

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District continues to keep its preserves and trails open to the public, as allowed during the current shelter-at-home directive. However, hikers and bikers must keep their distance.

Health and safety measures are in place that align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing and aim to prevent the spread of illnesses.

Preserve visitors are urged to stay at home if sick, and to maintain social distances of at least 6 feet from others. Midpen officials encourage visits to the district’s more remote and less-crowded preserves.

For more information, visit openspace.org.

 


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