Local Cub Scouts adapt in the face of COVID-19

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While varied in response, local Cub Scout groups have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic as they continue to help pack members and the community around them.

Los Altos council candidates address the question of systemic racism

A virtual forum for Los Altos City Council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. today.

Local arts roundup: Arts Los Altos presents floral mural on downtown building

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Courtesy of Maddy McBirney
Nora Bruhn’s “Floral Therapy” graces the side of the Town Crier building at 138 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

Arts Los Altos presents its second art installation, a mural titled “Floral Therapy” by Bay Area artist Nora Bruhn.

LALE presentation covers climate change

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Noah Diffenbaugh

Stanford University professor Noah Diffenbaugh is scheduled to discuss “Is This Climate Change?” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 via Zoom.

Los Altos United Methodist Church serves during Compassion Week

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Volunteers help out at Hope’s Corner in Mountain View. Local residents work on community projects for Compassion Week, an annual event that encourages people to perform acts of service and social justice.

Thousands of local volunteers will extend compassion to their neighbors and serve the community through more than 100 projects in the Bay Area during Los Altos United Methodist Church’s Compassion Week 2020, scheduled Monday through Oct. 11.

Up to 3,500 people are expected to give their time throughout the week to complete acts of service and social justice that enable individuals and families to build a stronger and more empathetic community. Numerous, safe volunteer opportunities, including remote service projects and virtual service activities via Zoom, are available and open to all local residents, regardless of age or faith.

Compassion Week was founded by Los Altos United Methodist Church in 2013 as an initiative to encourage justice and service. Jan McDaniel, Compassion Week leader, saw the program’s potential after 1,000 volunteers participated in the third year.

“Thirty percent of those volunteers were not even part of the church,” McDaniel said. “We knew we had hit a nerve.”

Local resident rides 20 miles on e-bike in support of CMT research

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Courtesy of the Bouchard family
Yohan Bouchard, right, gets encouragement from his father, Gilles, during a 20-mile bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge in support of CMT research.

At age 7, Los Altos resident Yohan Bouchard was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), a rare disease that damages nerves and affects muscular strength. It’s the main reason he didn’t learn to ride a bicycle growing up.


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