MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Now Available

The 2012 MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Application is now available on-line.

 When you arrive at the MVLA Scholars’ page, just scroll down to the link which contains the Common Scholarship Application.  This application serves as the application for scholarships offered by the Los Altos Rotary Club, Mountain View Kiwanis Club, Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars, Mountain View Rotary Club, Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos and Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship.

Application Submission Deadline is: February 29, 2012

MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

 

Claudia Coleman LEADS the Way as Outstanding Community Volunteer

Nominated by the Los Altos Community Foundation and endorsed by numerous community dignitaries, our own Board Member Claudia Coleman was honored Friday at the 29th Annual City of Los Altos/Town of Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

Held on a beautiful, crisp afternoon at Fremont Hills Country Club, Claudia was among nine volunteers heralded for their often unsung contributions to making our community better, through their volunteer work.

Roy Lave introduced Claudia as a woman who exemplifies the best of what a volunteer does, not only in the countless hours given to serving the community, but with grace and a positive attitude which translates into motivating others to give their time and talent as well.

Claudia not only serves as a LACF Board member and Chair of the Board Development committee, but she is the incoming Board Chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, and has also been an active Board Member with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Numerous supporters wrote letters of recommendation for Claudia, including Bob Adams who commented, “She is a lady who contributes a huge amount of insight to problems that need solving by exercising a great deal of thought before contributing any type of suggestion or decision. These contributions are usually offered with humor and/or conviction.”

Claudia was lauded by many for her management of the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) series, which starts up again in January to educate local citizens about the inner workings of our community and potential volunteer opportunities. Claudia also has a concern for keeping our downtown vibrant with shoppers and activities during the revitalization, and as a result, organized a Pop-Up Dinner on a Sunday evening in October. It was met with such success that guests are anxious to know when the next one is.

Congratulations to Claudia on this well-deserved honor from the Board and staff of the Los Altos Community Foundation!

 

Dowtown Holiday Party

What is “First Friday?”
  • Organized by Los Altos Forward, which is sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation
  • Fun, social evening event for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding areas
  • Each First Friday will have a theme or attraction
  • Merchants and restaurants are encouraged to stay open for additional business
  • Currently planned for the even months of the year (February, April, June, August, October, and December)

Contact information
Joe Eyre, joe@losaltosfirstfriday.org

Annual LACF Open House

Celebrate with us!

Please join the Los Altos Community Foundation for a festive evening at our Annual Open House.

Wednesday, December 14, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 PM

183 Hillview, Los Altos

Enjoy wine and gourmet cheese plus holiday music

 Also enjoy both original and holiday music by local singer/songwriter Tami Mulcahy, whose joyful songs will surely put you in the true spirit of the holidays.

For questions, please contact Monica Davis at mdavis@losaltoscf.org

The Los Altos Community Foundation, 183 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos CA 94022 650.949.5908

LACF Beats Holiday Stroll Rain With Song and Crafts

Los Altos residents braved a rainy Friday evening for the annual Holiday Stroll.  The Los Altos Community Foundation greeted soggy strollers with cider, ornament crafts, and an original holiday song created by Vicki Reeder.

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Carol for Los Altos Community Foundation

“LACF’s HELPIN’ THIS TOWN”

(tune: Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, words by Haven Gillespie, music by J. Fred Coots, 1934.)

New words by Vicki Reeder, 2011.

You better join up / Better just try / To help us do good / We’re tellin’ you why: / LACF’s helpin’ this town.

We fund lots of groups / Don’t have to ask twice / We made a list of who’s naughty and nice

LACF’s helpin’ this town / We donate to The Children / The Arts and Seniors too / If you’ve a cause that’s awf’lly good,

Perhaps we will help YOU! / Oh! Please check us out / Buy in, you’ll see / The difference we make Is plain as can be

LACF’s helpin’ this town.

 

 

 

Los Altos Community Foundation Supporters Enjoy Annual Brunch

LACF members hit the buffetOn October 16th, Board members, staff, Founders and other supporters of LACF gathered for a Harvest-themed brunch at the beautifully decorated Los Altos Golf and Country Club.

The Annual Brunch serves as both an informational and social event, providing guests the opportunity to hear Executive Director Roy Lave give an update on the highlights of the current fiscal year, which included some staffing additions and an acknowledgment of the success of the fundraising Gala held in August.

Keynote speaker, Carol Larson, President and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, discussed the partnership between their foundation and LACF, siting the important role we play in the vetting of grant requests and distribution of funds to local organizations.

Skye Delano, Program Director for LACF’s E-3 youth philanthropy program shared her group’s enthusiasm for discovering youth-led opportunities that the E-3 group engages with.  Through E-3 (Engage, Educate, Empower), middle school and high school students learn about the importance of philanthropy at any age.  Four members of the E-3 program presented their work and how empowering it felt to be able to give to members of our community in need.

Aging in Place Helps Economy

Paul Gonella chairs the Aging in Place groupThe LACF’s Aging In Place Committee has been urging Los Altos/Hills seniors to check out the value of staying in their own homes after retirement.

Our community is richer and stronger when those who helped make the community stay in it longer. Not only do you stay where you want to stay, you help our local, state and national economy.

According to Marty Bell, the National Marketing Director for the National Aging in Place Committee, “Living at home with the support of service providers costs one-quarter to one-fifth of the cost of living in nursing homes or hospitals.” The latter options are generally paid for by government programs, which may be cut when faced with budget cost cutting.

He continues, “Aging in place contributes to both the welfare of individual seniors and the overall health of the economy.”

You can use this website to assist you in finding all levels of care for those in retirement, regardless of your income. We hope to pass along information to families and friends of those who would benefit from staying in their homes.

It helps us all.

Paul Gonella

Aging in Place

Patch says Pop-Up Dinner energizes downtown

From Los Altos Patch:

Courtesy of Los Altos Patch

Inspired by 10,000 people in France participating in a flash-mob style lunch, the Los Altos Community Foundation called upon residents to meet in the Los Altos Village Plaza for dinner.

Residents had signed up for the event in advance, but the location and time of the dinner was released only three hours before the dinner began– the goal was spontaneity.

The Foundation worked in conjunction with the police department to use the area as well as to allow open alcohol downtown.

“It’s meant to keep downtown dynamic despite the construction,” said Roy Lave of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The event is meant to draw people out of their homes and to build a community.

Lave shrugged when asked when the next POP-UP would be: “We’ll do it irregularly,” he said.

GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting

GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 from 7-8:30 PM at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave. Los Altos.

Please join GreenTown for a GreenTown Los Altos Community Meeting.  The meeting agenda will include recognition of several GreenTown volunteers who have made extraordinary contributions over the last few months.

They will also provide a brief update on some of their key programs and we will show the short documentary film, “Delta Blues,” by Sausalito director,Steven Johnson.  The director will be on hand! The film presents the disparate needs and interests of farmers, fishermen, environmentalists and water consumers and highlights the challenge of coming to decisions about water in the Sacramento River Delta.  The film will be followed by an informal group discussion.

Event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Seating is limited

Please register at:  http://greentownlosaltos27oct2011.eventbrite.com

GreenTown Los Altos is a grassroots initiative of residents and businesses in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. Our mission is to educate and inspire the people of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills to take action that will make our communities more environmentally healthy and vibrant today and for future generations.

 

 

 

Third Annual Neutra House Speakers Series starts October 13th

The Neutra House Architecture Speakers Series is bringing some of the best architects in California to Los Altos. Our series is attracting audiences from all around the Bay Area. Three of our speakers are coming up from Southern California.

The first speaker is Charles (Chuck) Davis, the senior partner of EHDD, an architecture firm in San Francisco. Chuck is going to talk about his design of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and memories of working for his clients David and Lucile Packard. EHDD is also known for its expertise on sustainable design and designed the new building under construction on Second Street for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Other speakers are: Rob Steinberg on his father’s legacy as an architect; Professor Thomas Hines, the author of definitive books on Richard Neutra; Craig Hartman of SOM; Steve Glenn, CEO of LivingHomes; and Ray Kappe. These talks are designed for the general public. Learn more at our website where you can purchase tax-deductible series tickets.