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Los Altos hires new coordinator to provide guidance to volunteers

Taylor Pedersen/Town Crier
New Los Altos Volunteer Coordinator Brandon Council, hired last month, said he hopes to build relationships with youth and other community groups.

Brandon Council plans to bring new ideas to his new job as volunteer coordinator for the city of Los Altos.

Hired last month, Council is already putting together a handbook for volunteers and developing ways to recruit teens and college-age students to serve their community.

LACF's E3 Youth Philanthropy awards $10,000 in local grants

E3 Youth Philanthropy, a Los Altos Community Foundation program, recently awarded $10,000 in grants to five local nonprofit groups focusing on mental health, education and closing the economic gap in local communities.

Organizations receiving funding from E3 this year include Hope’s Corner, JustREAD, the Community Health Awareness Council’s Prevention Plus program, the Family Engagement Institute/La Familia and Animal Assisted Happiness.

CSMA fundraiser showcases talent

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual celebration, “CSMA’s Got Talent,” 4:30 p.m. April 2 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

This year’s event will honor John E. McGuirk, program director of the performing arts at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, for his leadership in arts advocacy.

Lively Foundation announces dates for International Dance Festival in Mtn. View

Gina Kermode/Special to the Town Crier
Elisabeth Kindler-Abali is slated to perform at this year’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley.

The Lively Foundation’s sixth annual International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled June 20 to July 1 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The festival offers workshops, classes open to all levels of dancers and performances by internationally acclaimed dancers and choreographers.

LA's San Juan dancers shine at competition

Courtesy of San Juan Dance
Anna “Ani” Yordanova, right, is scheduled to compete in the Dance Masters of America’s National Solo Title Competition and Convention this summer in New Orleans, accompanied by her sponsor, teacher Jordan Micek.

Four dancers from San Juan Dance in downtown Los Altos received honors at The Dance Masters of California competition, held March 4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Anna Yordanova, 10, who goes by “Ani,” was crowned Junior Miss Dance of California 2017. She started dancing at age 2 in “Mommy and Me” classes. She joined the dance studio’s San Juan Sensations – a competitive dance team – nearly four years ago and has “loved every second of being on the team,” she said.

Deer Hollow 'springs' into tours of historical farm

Courtesy of Elizabeth Montgomery
Deer Hollow Farm visitors can commune with the animals in their pens, pet the rabbits and chickens, sit by the pond to visit the ducks and geese, and see the farm’s new babies – lambs and kids – and resident cows, Luna and Roxie.

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled its annual Spring Farm Tours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 and May 6 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

The tours offer children and their families the opportunity to learn about homestead farming as practiced 150 years ago. Participants can visit the animals in their pens, pet the rabbits and chickens, sit by the pond to visit the ducks and geese, and see the farm’s new babies – lambs and kids – and resident cows, Luna and Roxie.

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