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:

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.

“Celebrate Architecture” party at the Fenwick home

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s Neutra House Fund and Jan and Bob Fenwick are hosting a fundraising party at the Fenwick home on September 22nd. The theme is ‘Celebrate Architecture” and the proceeds help pay off the construction loan required to move and restore the house as an architecture history exhibit and public meeting facility.
The party includes a program interviewing architects involved in building the Fenwick home and the original Foothill campus. Goody Steinberg passed away last year, but a young architect helped him with the Fenwick home. Alex Bergtraun along with Bob Fenwick will talk about the design of this architectural gem. Carroll Rankin who is just turning 94 was the project architect assigned to get the original campus built properly. Carroll worked with Cal Flint and Bob Smithwick and Ernie Kump and two construction contractors to build the award-winning campus.
If you did not receive an invitation, you can sign up and pay for the party on-line: Go to the “upcoming events” tab to pay and to find instructions for parking.

Roaring ’20s gala for Community Foundation from Palo Alto Daily News

When costumed guests arrived at the beautifully restored Los Altos Hills Tudor mansion, Stonebrook Court, it looked like a scene from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby.”

The occasion was “A Roaring ’20s Gala: Los Altos Community Foundation Celebrates 20 years of Community!”

Women wearing flapper dresses, feather headdresses and lots of long beaded necklaces, and their gangster and/or gentlemen partners enthusiastically celebrated friendship, the illustrious history of the organization.

Before dinner, homeowner Kelly Porter said it was a “coming out party for Los Altos and Los Altos Hills,” and that he hoped it would be the beginning of many more fun occasions.

Foundation founder and Executive Director Roy Lave welcomed 225 guests to the garden party that featured a photo opportunity with a collection of antique cars, a silent and live auction, a gourmet dinner on the lawn, dancing on the terrace to the music of Jazz ConneXion, casino play in the grand ballroom, and a champagne toast by Foundation Board President Dennis Young.

Longtime supporters Bill and Claudia Coleman and Steve and MicheleKirsch posed with antique cars donated by attendees.

Some of the guests were as colorful as Fitzgerald’s jazz-era characters. Rich Redelfs showed off his Thompson machine gun, and Gay Krause completely covered her short dress with dollar bills.

Lave presented an interesting history of the foundation, bestowed bouquets of summer flowers on gala co-chairwomen Lani Dorff and Nancy Manning, and gave special recognition to original donors and board members, including King and Ginny Lear, Roger Brunello, Ann and George Limbach, Mary Prochnow, Vicki and Dan Reeder, Marge and Mike Bruno, Jean and Art Carmichael, Bob Grimm and Penny Lave.

Proceeds from this first fundraising event are to continue the work of the foundation, which originator Jim Reynolds envisioned to be a vehicle for making donations to the community. The foundation is involved with sponsoring new charitable nonprofit organizations, managing and disbursing grant funds and bringing the community together. The E-cubed youth program is an example: It aims to “educate, engage and empower local youth to effect positive change in their local and world communities.”

Volunteer auctioneer state Sen. Joe Simitian sold a seven-course wine dinner at Stonebrook Court (it included a personal tour of the mansion by Kelly Porter) that will be hosted by past board chairmen. Longtime supporters Larry and Anne Hambly made one of the winning bids. New to the foundation were Gayla and Walt Wood, who won a three-night say in a gorgeous vacation home in Deer Valley, Utah.

“The spirited celebration was a fitting tribute to Los Altos Community Foundation’s 20 years of building community,” Lave said.


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LACF Members Praise Gala

Karen Duncan poses with a 20's car

[dropcap1]C[/dropcap1]ongratulations for an oustanding community event! You have to be very proud of your 20th Anniversary Gala as it was done as well as any I have seen.  It was a great affair and fun!

Kudos to all of you who worked so hard on this.
Dr. Richard L. Henning
Professor/Dean/Vice-President, Emeritus
Foothill College
[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]t was an amazing, very special event.  Memorable for its charm and thoughtfulness, rich in variety.  It’s one for the books!
Karen Duncan
The PrimeTime Project

LACF 20 Years of Giving Covered by Town Crier

Without the identifying sign out front, the well-kept, historical house at 183 Hillview Ave. could be mistaken for just another quiet neighborhood residence. But the old abode is headquarters for a foundation with a diverse lineup of community-building services – from nurturing and funding non-profit groups, to offering mediation and leadership classes.

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF), in its 20th year, manages local residents’ donor-advised funds and disburses most of its annual $200,000 allocation from the Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation to non-profit groups.


Gala Makes Patch “Get Out” section


It’s Thursday, and if you have no idea what you’ll do for the weekend, Patch is coming to the rescue.


We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.




Where/When: Stonebrook Court, Los Altos Hills; Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Why Go: Don your 1920s regalia and head to the “Roaring 20’s Gala” for a night of extravagant fun including casino play and a silent auction. Hosted by the Los Altos Community Foundation, Event begins with a cocktail reception and follows with a sit-down dinner, music and dancing. Proceeds will support LACF’s mission to build community through grants to local programs that address community needs.


Price: Bids are $175 per person; table for 10 is $1750; email for tickets





Step into the 20’s at Los Altos Costume Bank

The Assistance League Costume Bank is the perfect place to get that look from the 20’s whether you’re a flaggper or a gangster! They have many Roaring 20’s items in stock now, some for rent and some for purchase. Get down there quickly for the best selection – they will hold it for you for Gala weekend.
You may even call them for a personal fitting and style guidance at 650-941-2610 and the Costume Bank is generously donating $5 of every rental back to LACF.
The Costume Bank is a nonprofit business owned and operated by Assistance League of Los Altos, an autonomous chapter of the National Assistance League.