Los Altos-founded Music for Minors: Bringing harmony to elementary schools

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Music for Minors docent Lydia Ruiz, above, leads a music class.

• Mission: Music for Minors aims to nurture in children a lifelong love of music by providing music education programs in elementary schools.

• 2018 update: Founded in 1976 in Los Altos, Music for Minors was originally a stop-gap solution when public funding for in-school music programs was cut in California. More than 40 years later, the nonprofit organization continues to fill the growing need for quality foundational music education throughout Silicon Valley. Each week, Music for Minors teaches more than 25,000 transitional kindergarten through sixth-grade students in an estimated 900 classrooms in 68 schools in 13 districts.

Help One Child: Providing homes for at-risk children

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Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to local at-risk children, above. 

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

• 2018 update: Founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris 25 years ago, Help One Child welcomed a new executive director in Valerie Crane, promoted from director of operations in January after Susan Herman retired. Crane said it’s been a “fun, exciting and busy year.”

CSMA Artistic Intelligence: Helping students find their unique, creative voices

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A student in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Artistic Intelligence program exercises her creativity through the use of clay. Approximately 100 students annually attend the special classes at CSMA’s Mountain View campus.

• Mission: The Community School of Music and Arts ensures that the arts are accessible to all, including special-needs participants of its Artistic Intelligence program, which has existed for about a decade.

• 2018 update: Approximately 100 youths and adults from Abilities United of Palo Alto and the Morgan Autism Center of San Jose take dance, music and art classes at CSMA three days a week between September and May.

Japan Society gala highlights contributions of local residents

Photo courtesy of Nobuko Saito Cleary
Japan Society gala guests included, above, from left, Japan Society President Larry Greenwood and Los Altos Hills residents Jim and Becky Morgan and Gary and Nobuko Saito Cleary. 

The Japan Society of Northern California hosted its 32nd Award of Honor Gala Oct. 20 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Nobuko Saito Cleary of Los Altos Hills served as co-chairwoman of the event.

A capacity crowd of 300 attended the gala, which honored former Los Altos Hills resident William J. Perry, past U.S. Secretary of Defense, and Hiroaki Nakanishi, executive chairman of Hitachi Ltd.

Hidden Villa preserve in LAH set to host free access day, photo contest this month

Hidden Villa has scheduled a free access day Nov. 23, with trails and picnic areas open to all for a post-Thanksgiving outing.

Visitors to the organic farm and nature preserve can participate in a photo contest by snapping shots of their favorite Hidden Villa moments.

Save the Date - week of Nov. 7


Holiday Stroll, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, 5-9 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

Nov. 25

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: losaltosparade.org.

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