Los Altos History Museum hosts tamale cooking demo, tasting

In support of its current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Tamale Cooking Demo and Savory-to-Sweet Tamale Tasting 4-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

CasaQ Hispanic lifestyle expert Darlene Tenes will lead the event.

At the Library - Week of Nov. 21

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Noon Monday: “PBS News-Hour” has teamed up with The New York Times for the book club Now Read This. The club allows readers to participate in discussions in real time and ask questions of the authors. The book club will meet to discuss “A Separation” by Katie Kitamura.

Los Altos PREPARES hosts storm prep talk

Los Altos PREPARES has scheduled a discussion on “Storm Preparation and Your Neighborhood” 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Grant Park Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

The presentation will cover basic preparations residents can make to stay safe in storms and prevent flooding around their homes.

Winner named in Spooky Stories contest

Talinn Hatti is this year’s Town Crier Spooky Stories contest winner. The 11-year-old sixth-grader won for the story “Gargoyle’s Trick,” about a father-son experience at Ghost Mansion.

The Town Crier asked readers to weigh in on their favorites, and Talinn’s entry received the most praise. Honorable mentions go to John Allan’s “Something Fishy,” Laura Allan’s “The Doll” and Scott Klusaw’s “A Halloween Ribbing.”

East Palo Alto Kids Foundation: Serving disadvantaged students

Courtesy of East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
Children enjoy a field trip to the California Academy of Sciences, funded through the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. The foundation serves approximately 4,000 underserved students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park.

• Mission: The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) was formed by Faye Brown, Nicki Smith, Tricia Berke Vinson and Jacqueline Widmar Stewart, four local residents who became appalled when per capita funding for California schools plunged in the 1990s.

“Without school parents’ participation, children had no gym, art or music classes, and the library and classrooms were woefully understaffed,” Stewart said. “We agreed that the best way to benefit students in individual classrooms was directly through their teachers. Teachers were best positioned to identify their students’ needs.”

Hidden Villa Summer Camps: Getting children outdoors, no matter their background

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Children care for animals and enjoy other valuable learning experiences at Hidden Villa Summer Camps. Holiday Fund proceeds help provide scholarships for financially challenged children to attend the camps.

• Mission: Hidden Villa aims to inspire a just and sustainable future through programs, land and legacy.

• 2018 update: Hidden Villa added the Outdoor Innovators program, which focuses on engineering in the outdoors. In the one-week overnight camp for youth entering fourth and fifth grades, participants stayed in a geodesic dome, Viking tent, carousel tent or teepee and studied hands-on engineering in nature ranging from structure building to how termites construct homes with natural air conditioning.

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