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Library offers day of game programming

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to participate in the global learning event “Hour of Code” 3:30 p.m. Monday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Youth ages 11-18 will create a “Flatverse” game during the introduction to computer science and programming.

Rotarians use World AIDS Day to reflect on projects' progress


Thursday is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for Los Altos residents and people around the world to unite in humanitarian efforts to halt the AIDS pandemic.

Festival of Lights volunteers prepare for annual parade

The Festival of Lights Parade is set to light up downtown Los Altos 6 p.m. Sunday.

The 39th annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

SV Community Foundation awards nearly $1.4 million for area housing

Silicon Valley Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.4 million to support initiatives aimed at easing housing and transit problems from San Francisco to San Jose.

In the past, the Mountain View-based foundation has provided grants that support affordable housing and transit programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley. With the launch of the Silicon Valley Regional Fund, the latest round of grants expands to include projects that also serve residents of San Francisco County.

ALearn honors its 'Dream Makers' at annual fundraiser

ALearn presented its Achievement Awards at its annual Dream Makers Dinner fundraiser Oct. 19 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

More than 350 guests raised approximately $370,000 – plus matching gifts – while listening to the music of Mariachi Tradicional de Alum Rock. ALearn also honored Ned Barnholt for his contributions. Ron Gonzales served as event auctioneer.

Los Altos-based Help One Child continues to help thousands of them

Courtesy of Help One CHild
Help One Child co-founder Mark Morris – sporting the Santa hat – is at the controls of the organization’s annual Christmas production.

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to open their homes or offer volunteer services to children at risk of abuse or neglect before, during and after foster care.

• 2016 update: Help One Child, founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris, continues to grow. In the past year, the nonprofit organization assisted nearly 4,200 children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, where less than 10 percent of at-risk children receive child-welfare services, according to Executive Director Susan Herman.

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