Upcoming Public Safety Community Meetings


The Los Altos Police Department is hosting a series of Community Meetings in North and South Los Altos.

The topics to be covered include:

  • Information on the recent burglary activity
  • Update on recent investigations and crime trends
  • The Police Department’s crime prevention efforts and strategies
  • Information about the City of Los Altos Neighborhood Watch program

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Grant Park Multipurpose Room

1575 Holt Avenue, Los Altos


Thursday, March 5, 2015

6:30 p.m.

Los Altos Youth Center

1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos

Questions about the upcoming meetings can be directed to either Josh Cottrell or Alyssa Green at (650) 947-2770.

Gardner Award Honorees preview

With a few days left to nominate your Gardner Honoree, we thought we’d give you a preview of the current Gardner Award Honorees:


Dana Bunnett MVLALAH Challenge Team
Stephanie Charles American Red Cross
Cathy Combs Music for Minors
Terry Conner AchieveKids
Kathleen Creger Community Services Agency
Lani Dorff Sky’s the Limit Fund
Carol Doup Muller Peninsula Youth Theatre
Kathy Feroglia Hope’s Corner
Deborah McCarley Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped
Anna Ranieri Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley
Emy Thurber Sempervirens Fund
Meryl Urdang Hidden Villa
Tom Yeh Palo Alto University

Private Foundations Demonstrate Local Commitment through Los Altos Community Foundation

LACommunityFoundationlogoSeveral local leading private foundations have recently shown their commitment to the local community through contributions to the Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF).  These include the Heising-Simons, Brin Wojcicki, Grove, and Morgan Family Foundations.

The Heising-Simons Foundation, which will soon move its offices to the second floor of the new 400 Main St. building, has partnered with LACF in two ways. The foundation contributed to two of LACF’s incubated projects, MVLA Scholars, which provides scholarships for students who are often the first in their family to attend college and the Neutra House, the local conference facility that is used for more than 100 corporate, community, and nonprofit meetings and events a year.

In addition, the Heising-Simons Foundation contributed to LACF’s Community Grants Fund.  The Fund is administered by LACF and provides grants to local non-profits and programs that benefit Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities.

The Heising-Simons contribution builds on the local grantmaking support that the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has provided to LACF since 2007.

“We are proud to partner with LACF to strengthen our local community,” said Heising-Simons Executive Director Deanna Gomby. “We are grateful to be able to leverage LACF’s deep knowledge of the local community to make a difference in our own backyard.”

Similar to the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Brin Wojcicki, Grove, and Morgan Family Foundations all focus on a breadth of initiatives. Each has recently given grants to LACF that will be used to benefit the community.

“We are honored that these top-tier foundations have partnered with LACF through their grants,” said Joe Eyre, LACF Executive Director. “Their investment will be put to good use through LACF’s programs and services that address local needs and build community.”

Los Altos Community Foundation strengthens community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View.  LACF incubates and manages community-building programs, grants to local non-profits, manages philanthropic funds, and leads and convenes the community to address opportunities and needs.



Landmark Halsey House under discussion

From the Los Altos Town Crier


The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove committee is hosting an informational program Feb. 15 on the status of the landmark Halsey House at Redwood Grove.

The program, scheduled to begin 2:15 p.m., includes Katherine Halsey Buss, a granddaughter of the couple who built the family home and planted the redwood trees on the property. The event is being held in the Garden House in Shoup Park at 400 University Ave. For more information, visit www.friendsofhistoricredwoodgrove.org.


The Friends of Historic Redwood Grove is a designated fund of the Los Altos Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible. Checks payable to the Los Altos Community Foundation, noting “Friends of Historic Redwood Grove” in the memo line, can be delivered to 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022.

MVLA Parent Ed. Speaker Series “Masks”

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MVLA Parent Ed. Speaker Series Laura Kastner

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World Harmony Chorus concert supported by LACF Community Grant

From the Los Altos Town Crier:


The World Harmony Chorus is scheduled to perform 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Community School of Music and Arts’ Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The World Harmony Chorus is a community chorus open to teens and adults of all experience levels – from beginners to seasoned choral singers. Participation in the chorus requires no audition. Members learn a repertoire of songs from a variety of ethnicities, nationalities and folk traditions around the world, including selections from Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Daniel Steinberg, founder and director of the World Harmony Chorus, has been a member of the CSMA faculty since 1999. He believes that “anyone can participate in music, regardless of age, experience or natural ability.”

Making music accessible to everyone is Steinberg’s personal commitment. He said he sees music-making “as an essential element of community-building” and believes that “an awareness of the traditional music of other cultures helps to bring about a better understanding of the world and ultimately promotes world peace.”

“The World Harmony Chorus concert demonstrates how our diverse community can be connected through music and art,” said Vickie Scott Grove, executive director of CSMA.

Grove added that people of all ages, backgrounds and interests come together in the chorus to express a “mutual love” of song and performance.

“We invite you to join us to share this joy and expand your cultural horizons with the World Harmony Chorus,” she said.

The World Harmony Chorus is accepting new members – CSMA begins its spring semester Feb. 9. Singers interested in joining the chorus can learn more and register online at arts4all.org.

Monday’s concert is part of CSMA’s 2014-2015 Community Concert Series, supported by grants from the Applied Materials Foundation and the Los Altos Community Foundation.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

For a full Community Concert Series schedule and more information, call 917-6800, email info@arts4all.org or visit arts4all.org.

Ballroom dancing with TACOs

Come out and do some ballroom dancing to the sounds of TACO. How often do you get a chance to dance to a live orchestra?

TACO is a Los Altos Community Foundation program.

Ballroom Dance with TACO

Now accepting Community Grant Applications

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LACF primes local community organizations with thousands of dollars in grants.

For example, in 2011-2012 the Foundation awarded $176,000 in grants to 35 local non-profits. Grant applications are evaluated and awarded by how the grant will address a community need and/or incrementally benefit the community.



Nominations for the 2015 Gardner Awards are open

Nominations are capped at 25, so nominate early.

Nominations are open from January 25 through March 6.

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Please use the above form to nominate your non-profit’s extraordinary volunteer for the 2015 Gardner Awards.

Any non-profit that serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, or Mountain View is encouraged to select an outstanding volunteer from its organization to honor at this celebratory event.

The recognition of volunteers will be spirited and to the point, with the Master of Ceremonies reading a 100 word tribute to each honoree. As the tribute is read, each honoree will stand with your organization’s leader for a picture and to receive his or her award.

This award is not a secret! Please remember to share this exciting news with your honoree and confirm they will be able to attend the event!

Also, purchase your non-profit’s table and/or seats soon as the event will probably sell out!