Community Briefs, coloring, writing contests

TC, Baskin-Robbins hold coloring contest

The Town Crier is conducting its annual Easter Egg Coloring Contest on schedule, in partnership with Baskin-Robbins in downtown Los Altos.

Look for the contest drawing on page 14 of this issue. Drawings should be turned in to the Town Crier no later than April 6. Either drop them by or mail them to 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022.

April's Los Altos First Friday canceled, but event carries on – in a virtual way

In support of keeping the community safe, and in compliance with orders from the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department and the city of Los Altos, First Friday – scheduled Friday evening – has been canceled.

According to event organizers, the monthly events will return downtown as soon as it is safe to continue them.

City of Los Altos looks to boost morale with bevy of online options

The city of Los Altos not only continues to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis, officials also are looking to boost morale.

City officials designed a webpage with the aim of serving as a clearinghouse for a variety of positive-thinking campaigns. The site is available at losaltosca.gov/citymanager/page/community-morale.

First woman to serve as Rotary president recalls struggle


Whitlock

When Sylvia Whitlock joined the Duarte Rotary Club in the 1970s, Rotary International revoked the club’s charter. Although she met the club’s requirement as a “person of good character,” Whitlock’s main problem was too much to overcome: She was a woman.

But Whitlock, a school principal from Duarte, persevered. And when the club’s “men-only” rule changed to admit women in the 1980s, Whitlock’s good character figured in her becoming the world’s first female Rotary Club president.

Nonprofits rising to challenge amid community lockdown


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Nadja Jackson, Block Action Team project manager for Los Altos Community Foundation, places bags of celery on a table for Community Services Agency clients Friday. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, employees of CSA temporarily moved their pantry operation into the Mountain View nonprofit’s parking lot.

The shelter-in-place directive is not only impacting restaurants and retailers, it’s also hurting local nonprofit groups in a variety of ways.

For Community Services Agency, the social service nonprofit serving residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, the demand is rising as the number of volunteers decreases.

Community Briefs, preserves open, coloring contest

Preserves still open – but keep your 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.


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