Library hosts program on native plants
The California Native Plant Society has scheduled a presentation on “Native Uses for Native Plants” 7 p.m. March 21 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Naturalist John Kipping will discuss indigenous peoples’ relationship with California native plants and how the plants can be used today for food, medicine and material sources, especially basketry.
Kipping will demonstrate Pomo-style coiled weaving and how to make manzanita cider, as well as display specimens, books and artifacts.
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.
French Fair benefits local nonprofit group
The French Fair 2014 is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 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 product. 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, a Los Altos 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. Saturday at Los Altos United Methodist Church and 3 p.m. Sunday 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, may be purchased in advance online at scholacantorum.org or via phone at 254-1700. Tickets will be available at the door for $30 starting one-half hour before the concert. Attendees under 25 are free.
Los Altos Hills sponsors Hoppin’ Hounds Hunt
The city of Los Altos Hills has scheduled its 11th annual Hoppin’ Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt 9 a.m. April 19 at Byrne Preserve, adjacent to Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road.
The event welcomes dogs on-leash, who search for biscuits in the preserve. A $5 donation is recommended. Proceeds benefit Palo Alto Animal Services.
Quota International welcomes visitors
Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos meets through June at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. A business luncheon is scheduled noon the first Thursday of each month and a program luncheon noon the third Thursday of each month.
The service organization invites local residents to attend a program luncheon and learn firsthand about the many projects the group sponsors.
Cost is $18.