POPs go the easels during ‘Paintout’
Artists from the Peninsula Outdoor Painters (POPs) have scheduled a “Paintout” 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday in the historical apricot orchard that surrounds the Los Altos Civic Center.
The painters are creating works for an upcoming exhibition, “POPs in the Orchard,” scheduled for display during the month of July at the Los Altos main library.
The invention of the collapsible box easel in the 19th century popularized outdoor painting, known as “plein air” in French. The Peninsula Outdoor Painters, founded in 1977, is one of a number of plein-air groups in the region whose members gather to capture on canvas the beauty of the Bay Area.
POPs artists have scheduled an opening-night reception July 1. Details will be available in the spring.
For more information on the “Paintout,” visit pleinairlinks.com/Plein_Air_Links/POPs_Schedule.html.
Rotary’s cioppino event benefits veterans
The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled a Cioppino Dinner and Auction 6-10 p.m. Friday in the Shoup Park Garden House, 400 University Ave.
Proceeds from the event support the Capt. Matthew Manoukian Memorial Scholarship Fund for student-veterans at the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center.
A $70 donation will include lasagna or crab, prawns and clams in tomato sauce from Alotta’s Delicatessen, Caesar salad, French bread, wine and a donation to the Veterans Resource Center. Those unable to attend may sponsor a veteran for $70 or sponsor the event at various levels.
To purchase tickets and to donate, send a check made out to “Cioppino Feed” to Rotary Club of Los Altos, PO Box 794, Los Altos 94023.
For more information, visit losaltosrotary.org.
First Friday hits downtown this week
First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.
The evening will feature live entertainment and activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments.
Los Altos Forward, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, sponsors First Fridays to promote vibrancy in downtown Los Altos.
French Fair supports local nonprofit group
The French Fair 2014 is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
The largest event of its kind in the Bay Area, the French Fair annually celebrates French culture, food and fashion. Filippe Savadogo, ambassador of the International Organization of the Francophone States to the United Nations in New York, is slated to attend the event.
Approximately 40 vendors will sell traditional artisanal products, including handmade jewelry, original art, home decor, Provençal products and designer clothes for adults and children.
Activities will include a hands-on digital exhibit celebrating the centennial of French writer and philosopher Albert Camus, a fashion show, live French music, book-reading sessions for children and a gourmet food court.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Partners for New Generations, the Los Altos-based nonprofit organization that provides tutors and mentors for students.
The raffle prize is a seven-night stay at an all-inclusive Club Med resort of the winner’s choice.
To register for the raffle and for more information, visit frenchfair.eventbrite.com.
Schola Cantorum premieres new work
Schola Cantorum has scheduled two performances premiering its new commissioned work, “Canticles and Airs,” 7:30 p.m. March 15 at Los Altos United Methodist Church and 3 p.m. March 16 at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto.
The Mountain View-based community chorus will pair the debut with another modern work for chorus and chamber orchestra, “Magnificat” by British composer John Rutter.
Tickets, $25-$30, may be purchased in advance online at scholacantorum.org or via phone at 254-1700. Tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before the concert. Attendees under 25 are free.
Los Altos United Methodist Church is located at 655 Magdalena Ave.
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto is located at 1985 Louis Road.
Auditions scheduled for Los Altos Live!
Local performers of all ages are invited to audition for the “Los Altos Live!” talent show.
Auditions for the sixth annual event are scheduled noon to 5 p.m. March 29 and 30 in the choral room at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave. Auditions are open to residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.
The talent show is scheduled April 26 in the high school’s Eagle Theater, with a run-through dress rehearsal April 25.
Proceeds from the event will support the high school’s participation in the Camp Everytown program.
For more information, visit facebook.com and enter “Los Altos Live” in the search box.
Photo exhibition boosts nonprofit
Los Altos Hills has scheduled a free public reception for “Capturing Light: The World as We See It,” the Palo Alto Camera Club’s judged photography exhibition and sale, 2-5 p.m. March 30 at town hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.
“Capturing Light” is slated for display at town hall Sunday through Aug. 28.
The family-friendly reception will feature live music. Cultural Kaleidoscope, an arts in the schools program, will receive a portion of the proceeds from sales.
The Palo Alto Camera Club comprises more than 100 amateur and professional photographers.
For more information, call town hall at 941-7222.