CSA CAN Challenge exceeds expectations

Community Services Agency collected donations of more than 5,600 pounds of canned and other nonperishable food valued at approximately $9,000 during its second CAN Challenge campaign, which ran July 22 to Aug. 2.

Local businesses captured the spirit of the event, including one that organized a team-building event to create sculptures from 4,000 cans of food that were subsequently donated to CSA.

Jazz quartet set to play Wunderman House in MV


Fresh from receiving a lifetime achievement award in his native Serbia, veteran jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich is scheduled to headline a concert 3-5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.

Multi-reed saxophonist Noel Jewkes, vocalist Kay Kostopoulos and bassist Doug Miller will perform alongside Vuckovich.

Resident puts out call to help SMA family from Armenia


Spinal muscular atrophy research is a cause close to Los Altos resident Marge Shiveley’s heart.

Shively’s daughter, Linda, founded the Northern California Walk-n-Roll fundraiser for SMA 16 years ago, honoring her daughter and Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, who was diagnosed with the disease at 3 months old and died nine days before her fourth birthday.

Community Briefs – Week of Aug. 7

History Museum hosts outdoor movie night

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled an outdoor screening of the Pixar-animated Disney film “Ratatouille” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the museum’s courtyard, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Keeping with the food theme of the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” “Ratatouille” tells the story of Remy the rat, who dreams of becoming a great chef despite being in a rodent-phobic profession.

Experts offer food for thought at museum event


The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Eating Your Values,” a panel discussion on making food choices that positively impact ongoing social concerns 7 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will begin with an informal reception at 6:30 p.m., with appetizers provided by Epicurean Group, at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

YMCA's all-inclusive Dance for All engages families with special needs

Courtesy of Teresa Maldonado Marchok
Students in the Dance for All program work out during a recent class at the El Camino YMCA.

The El Camino YMCA’s Dance for All program offers a space for young and old alike to experience the joy of movement to music with no judgment, no criticism and no fear.

The all-inclusive classes encourage parents to dance with their children with special needs alongside kids labeled “normal.” All levels learn at their own pace and are given the freedom to express themselves with no preconceived ideas of perfection.


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