Los Altos Friday Movie Nights

LACF is proud to be one of the sponsors for Friday Movie Nights in Downtown Los Altos.LACommunityFoundation1

Movies are shown on Main Street at the 3rd Street intersection. Main Street is closed between
2nd and 3rd Streets at 5 pm. You may set out your chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, and picnics, beginning at 6:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. All movies begin at 8:30 pm.

All movies are family friendly. See you there.

Free Solar for LACF?

mvlahouseSlingshot is a new solar energy company on Main Street in Los Altos and they are donating a free solar system to a deserving home or business in our community.
LACF is an early nominee and we would love to win the system so if you stop by there (or email:community@slingshotpower.com), please vote for us!   Also, they are an interesting company, so check them out.

Join us for National Night Out on August 6th!

losaltospreparetestLos Altos PREPARE will launch Community Action Team (CAT) for neighborhoods on August 6th at Rosita Park from 6 to 9 pm, in connection with National Night Out.

A Community Action Team, is a group of neighbors, who want to have a strong, resilient neighborhood. A CAT will enrich their neighborhood with information and activities focused on emergency preparedness, safety, sustainability and community involvement. Through Los Altos PREPARE the CAT leaders will receive training, support and tools to share with their neighbors. Sherie Dodsworth, volunteer director of the Los Altos PREPARE program, said ” the CAT leaders will also have opportunities to network and have fun”.

The August 6th event will include representatives from the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Los Altos Police Department. There will be free ice cream and refreshments. Family members of all ages are welcome and there is a childrens’ playground within sight of the meeting area. For more information email prepare@losaltoscf.org or call 650-888-2610.


The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

Los Altos PREPARE on Patch

Katherine Hafner at Los Altos Patch has a nice article up about Los Altos PREPARE:losaltospreparetest


Sherie Dodsworth first felt the need for more community preparedness when her 101-year-old neighbor’s daughter called Dodsworth expressing concern that her elderly mother didn’t pick up the phone.

“(My neighbor’s) daughter would call and say, ‘Sherie, can you go check if she’s okay,’” Dodsworth said. “That kind of raised a concern about what would happen … in an emergency.”

Join a PREPARE Team

losaltospreparetestTo move forward with our goal of having a more prepared Los Altos community we need to establish some PREPARE Teams and engage the talents and resources of our community.

We need volunteers to be leaders and members of the Teams. The leader of each Team would also serve as a member of the Los Altos PREPARE Steering Committee. A leader is someone who will make a commitment, establish goals, motivate team members, and have fun as we improve our community and make it an even better place to live.

Leadership for each of these Teams will be key to our success. If you would like more information about being a PREPARE Team leader please call Sherie at 650-888-2610 or send an email to prepare@losaltoscf.org .

Brief descriptions of the proposed Teams are in the chart below.  Responsibilities, time commitment etc. will be determined by the leader and members of the team.  Please send an email to prepare@losaltoscf.org indicating what team you would like to participate on. You can join more than one Team.

PREPARE TEAMS (in alpha order)

CERT – explore implementing CERT program, which may or may not be sanctioned by Los Altos City officials.

COMMUNICATION – develop collateral materials and messaging for Los Altos PREPARE program.  
CONNECT – develop a neighborhood network, which includes recruiting block and neighborhood coordinators, develop training materials, work with Police to integrate Neighborhood Watch. To learn more about neighborhood networks visit Palo Altos’ website – www.paneighborhoods.org
EDUCATE –   develop and implement programs to help educate our community (speakers, social media, publications, promotion of Personal Emergency Preparedness).
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS – recruit and train Ham radio operators for integration into neighborhood communication centers.   Develop with City Officials a process for reporting issues and needs of our community during a disaster.
GRANTS – identify and complete grant proposals to assist with promoting preparedness and neighborhoods.
MAPPING – develop a map to determine neighborhoods. Utilize information such as elementary school boundaries, existing neighborhood associations and the neighborhoods established by nextdoor.com . For each neighborhood identify possible gathering places and communication centers.   Committee will need to work with City Officials.
OUTREACH – develop list of organizations and contacts and determine their needs and how to get them involved (i.e. Chamber, non-profits, Faith Based, Schools etc).
SENIORS – identify the needs of Seniors and help implement and integrate solutions to address their needs.
SUPPLIES – develop program for gathering and storing emergency supplies. The first location will be at the American Legion hall.
TECHNOLOGY – explore how to integrate technology to achieve our mission (website, nextdoor.com, volunteer software, box.com etc.).


Summary of June 26th Los Altos Prepare meeting

losaltospreparetestThe following is a brief summary of the meeting held at the American Legion Hall.  There were 26 people in attendance including J Logan, Assistant City Manager and Steve Prziborowski from the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
  • J Logan reported that the 2013-2015 budget adopted by the City Council on June 25th did not include staffing a position focused on Emergency Planning. She also offered some other comments regarding the budget.
  • Mike Welsh reported on the involvement of the American Legion with emergency preparedness and with Los Altos PREPARE. In addition to providing a facility for our program to use for meetings, the Legion is exploring establishing a HAM radio system and also storing emergency supplies for our community. Mike Welsh volunteered to lead the Supplies Team.
  • Sherie Dodsworth lead the discussion of the Los Altos PREPARE Teams (see below). Many ideas for possible specific Team actions were generated and will be provided to the Teams.
  • It was agreed that Los Altos PREPARE should participate in and promote the National Night Out Celebration scheduled for August 6th. The Connect & Communication Teams will determine how/what should be done.
  • Los Altos PREPARE has the opportunity to contribute to/write an article to be included in the Fall Magazine published by the Town Crier. We have also been asked to write an article for LANN.
  • CERT and the lack of opportunity for training in Los Altos was discussed. There was great concern expressed that our community is not prepared to help each other or provided assistance to First responders. Heidi Sloss volunteered to lead the CERT Team.
  • Sherie asked for volunteers to post information about Los Altos PREPARE to their nextdoor.comneighborhood. Several people volunteered but there are still a lot of openings.

2013 Glorious Fourth Photos

Many thanks to the 500 plus people who attended the event. See you next year.

Also thanks to:

  • Greentown Los Altos for valet bike parking
  • Day Worker Center of Mountain View for helping assemble and tear down the event
  • National Charity League Orchard Valley Chapter
  • The Sweet Shop for the guessing jar candy
  • George Limbach for parking patrol
  • City of Los Altos for logistical support and facilities
  • Christy Dawson for Emcee duty and child tiring
  • Vicki Reeder
  • John Sylvester
  • Wendy Roberts
  • Pinky Whelan
  • Quick Dog
  • Baskin Robins of Mountain View
  • Paradise Shave Ice
  • Los Altos American Legion Post 558
  • Navigators USA, Chapter 41
  • Rotary Club of Los Altos

CSA helps bring unwanted food to those in need

Community Services Agency (CSA), a nonprofit that provides social services, including food assistance, to Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills since 1957, has also developed its own network of partnerships with local grocers. CSA regularly receives upwards of more than 100 pounds of food, mostly bread, frozen meat, produce, and other baked goods, from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Draeger’s, Whole Foods and Costco. CSA also receives left over food from farmer’s markets and Los Altos’ non-profit organic farm Hidden Villa.

It’s a win-win-win: grocery stores save money (the food is picked up at no cost to the grocer) and reduce their waste while being protected from criminal and civil liability by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Partner agencies receive the food free of charge. Hungry people get the food.

from Saratoga Patch


CSA is one of the many groups who benefit from LACF’s Community Grant Program.


First Friday Fundraiser on July 13th

First friday fundraiser at Nature Gallery Los Altos 
Carol Garsten, owner of the Nature Gallery, is hosting an exclusive wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the First Friday program.  Proceeds will be used to hire a part time person to coordinate First Friday planning and execution.  As you may know, First Fridays promote community building by enabling residents to socialize, enjoy time together, and dine in our unique downtown while getting to know the merchants and their businesses.  Joe Eyre started the First Fridays in 2011 and would like to pass the reins to a new person so he can focus on LACF.
The event, from 6-8pm, features a wonderful sommelier pouring a selection of exclusive wines, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, and a silent auction.
Attendance will be limited to the first 50 who RSVP.  You can sign up by sending a check to the Los Altos Community Foundation (note First Fridaybenefit) in the memo line or by paying online.  For questions, contact Carol at the Nature Gallery,  at 650-327-8700.

First Fridays are organized by Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in our downtown.  Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation,l