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Festival of Lights parade to illuminate downtown

The 38th annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 30 along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

The parade’s 60 entries, including high school bands and choruses, costumed characters and illuminated floats, lead to the grand finale – an appearance by Santa and his reindeer.

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Local diabetes advocates slated to 'light town blue' Friday to spread awareness


Tamar Sofer-Geri

In observance of World Diabetes Day, local advocates have scheduled a walk 5 p.m. Friday through downtown Los Altos to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and honor local heroes.

Participants plan to meet at Citibank Plaza at 130 Main St. and proceed through the downtown carrying blue balloons and glow sticks to “light the town blue,” according to organizers.

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Block Action Team training continues

A Block Action Team (BAT) training session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the El Camino Hospital Conference Rooms, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The mission of BAT, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to respond in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, band together to prevent crime, assist seniors, organize a neighborhood watch and promote social interaction through block parties.

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World Affairs talk focuses on drought

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled Peter Gleick, Ph.D., founder and president of the Pacific Institute, to discuss “Water: California and the Global Outlook” 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Gleick, an expert on water and climate issues, will present his perspective on California’s drought, including the impact climate and environmental changes are having on global fresh water supplies and the resulting effect on social, political and security matters.

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'Community Conversation' speaker Klein addresses issue of financing for city projects


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The downtown advocacy group Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Community Conversation on the topic “Can Los Altos Effectively Plan, Finance and Develop Civic Projects It Wants?” Monday at 242 State St., Los Altos. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.

Robert N. Klein, a financing and developing consultant named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of the Year in 2005, will lead the conversation. Klein is president of Klein Financial Corp., which acts as a development managing partner or finance consultant for clients undertaking new construction, acquisition or rehabilitation projects, including affordable multifamily and mixed-use developments.

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November First Friday showcases students' art


Courtesy of Carol Garsten
Marissa Tsoi of Loyola School created the artwork for this month’s First Friday poster.

The student art exhibition “Why It’s Cool to Be a Kid in Los Altos” highlights this month’s First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The display includes artwork submitted by elementary, middle and high school students through the Los Altos Art Docents Program.

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