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WomenSV helps affluent women overcome abusive treatment

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WomenSV founder and director Ruth Patrick speaks at a fundraiser last month. The illustration behind her depicts the lifelong consequences of domestic violence. WomenSV focuses on abused women in middle- to upper-income communities.

• Mission: WomenSV promotes the basic human right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own homes. The organization focuses on women who have suffered intimate partner violence perpetrated by powerful, affluent abusers in middle- to upper-income communities.

• 2016 update: WomenSV offers direct client services and awareness-raising public presentations and professional trainings. The organization helped 94 women this year, for a total of 603 women served since the organization’s inception in 2012.

Public speaking, storytelling events coming up

Resident leads workshop on public speaking

Los Altos resident and motivational speaker Ivan Temes is scheduled to lead the workshop “Speak Publicly with Joy” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

Temes – the author of “Care: You Have the Power” – has advised thousands of people on public speaking, confidence and career growth.

ALearn aims to raise college-going rates in underserved students

Underserved students increase their college aspirations and eligibility with ALearn

• Mission: ALearn provides high-quality math and college readiness programs to low-income, underserved students to increase their college aspirations and eligibility, and to significantly raise their college-going rates.

• 2016 update: ALearn has expanded its scope, working with students in grades 6-12 and piloting a program for fifth-graders as well.

Mental health agencies to merge

Two Bay Area mental health organizations, Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, are scheduled to merge in January.

With an operating budget of $32 million, the combined organization will reach more than 14,000 people annually with programs that aim to build bridges to wellness, resiliency and self-sufficiency.

Community Briefs

History Museum ‘Catches the Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its sixth annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. today at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The Craftsman-style house will be festooned in 1930s-era decorations, and a pianist will play holiday tunes in the living room. Los Altos resident Diane Simmons’ collection of 52 antique Raggedy Ann dolls will be on display.

History comes to life at MV's Day of Dead

Photos courtesy of Mountain View Historical Association
Raices de Mexico highlighted the inaugural Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The Mountain View Historical Association hosted the Nov. 6 event, held at the Adobe Building.

The history and culture of the local Mexican-American community came to life Nov. 6 at the inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration, hosted by the Mountain View Historical Association.

More than 150 people filled the historic Adobe Building’s hall and spilled out into its garden. Traditional “papel picado” decorated the adobe walls, and two large and elaborate Dia de los Muertos altars flanked either side of the building’s fireplace. One altar featured large sugar skulls created by students from Crittenden and Graham middle schools. The other, created by the Historical Association, included photos of influential Mountain View pioneers along with images of recently departed loved ones submitted by the community.

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