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Financial pro headlines Woman’s Club meeting

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Certified Financial Manager Aileen Low to speak at its monthly meeting today at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Low’s presentation at 1 p.m.

Low has worked at Edward Jones for 15 years. She previously served as manager of Bank of the West for 20 years and as manager of Foothill Bank.

Admission is open to the public, but reservations are required.

For reservations and more information, call 948-3553.

Museum, commission mark preservation month

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are slated to co-host a celebration commemorating Museum & Historic Preservation Month 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the J. Gilbert Smith History House, adjacent to the History Museum at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will recognize the first 20 recipients of historical plaques presented by the Los Altos Historical Commission and will feature a new exhibit of black-and-white photographs of the Smith House by Marj and Tom Green.

A ceremony marking the community’s most important places, including the J. Gilbert Smith History House and the heritage orchard, is scheduled at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Preschool presentation focuses on sleep issues

Children’s Center Preschool has scheduled the presentation “Keeping Our Kids Alert: Sleep Challenges of a 24/7 Society” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday in Los Altos United Methodist Church’s Creekside Center, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Presenters include Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., and Debra Babcock, M.D. Rosekind serves on the National Safety Board, on which he consults with astronauts, government officials, air traffic controllers and Olympic athletes on various sleep and alertness issues. Babcock, Rosekind’s wife, is a pediatrician in Los Altos.

Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

To register and for more information, visit childrenscenterpreschool.org.

Fuchsia Society schedules sale

The Santa Clara Valley Branch of the American Fuchsia Society has scheduled its annual Fuschia Show and Sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

Items for sale include hanging baskets and small, potted fuchsias. Members of the American Fuschia Society will be on hand to answer questions on caring for fuchsias.

Two special guests are slated to participate: Carol Peddicord of Carol’s Culinary Creations and Julie Packer of Julie Packer Designs.

For more information, visit americanfuchsiasociety.org.

Library hosts workshop on Social Security

The Los Altos Library and the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley have scheduled the presentation “Social Security and How to Optimize Benefits” 1 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The educational workshop will address simple strategies to maximize benefits and provide a better understanding of the nuances of Social Security. Certified Financial Planner Artie Green, member of the Financial Planning Association of Silicon Valley will discuss how to take full advantage of Social Security benefits, common concerns about filing for Social Security, using spousal benefits, tax implications and Medicare.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Joe Pantoliano appears at fundraiser

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley has scheduled its 11th annual Circle of Support Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Pantoliano, a mental-health advocate and best-selling author, will serve as keynote speaker. Pantoliano will share stories of his Hollywood success and how his struggles with mental health and substance abuse led to his eventual awareness, diagnosis, recovery and advocacy.

Tickets are $85.

For tickets and more information, visit fcservices.org.

LAH Pathways Run slated Saturday

The 13th Annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled Saturday in Byrne Preserve, a scenic yet challenging course through the town’s pathway network.

The event kicks off with 5K and 10K races at 9 a.m. from the starting line at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road. A leisurely 1-mile run or walk follows at 10:30 a.m.

Pre-event registration is $20 for the 1-mile race, $35 for the 5K and 10K races. Although pre-registration is encouraged, day-of registration is available for an additional $5.

To register and for more information, visit lahpathwaysrun.org.

LAH offers art talk with Cuba photographer

The Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled Cuba expert and fine-art photographer Charles Anselmo to discuss “Photographs of Magical Cuba” 10 a.m. Friday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The presentation complements the Palo Alto Camera Club’s town hall exhibition, “Capturing Light: The World as We See It,” which runs through Aug. 28.

A veteran of 31 trips to Cuba since 2001, Anselmo has widely exhibited his Havana photos, which visually capture the city’s unique historical and architectural narrative.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 941-7222.

POST lecture series highlights environment

Author, anthropologist and archaeologist Brian Fagan is scheduled to discuss “The Attacking Ocean: The Past, Present and Future of Rising Sea Levels” 8 p.m. Monday at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Fagan’s presentation is the final lecture in the Peninsula Open Space Trust’s 2014 Wallace Stegner series.

Tickets are $22.

For tickets, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.

LAUMC sponsors annual rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will feature a large selection of household and garden items, clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, electronics, jewelry, collectibles, sports equipment, furniture and more.

Proceeds from the sale, sponsored by the Los Altos United Methodist Women, support local, national and global charities and missions, including the Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy and Pathways Hospice.

For more information, call Patricia at 948-1083, ext. 122.

Deer Hollow Farm offers spring tours

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled spring farm tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, 22500 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos.

Visitors can view the animals, tour the historical farm buildings and stroll through the blossoming gardens. The farm is a flat, 1-mile walk from the main parking lot.

Also included in the tour is a trip to the farm’s nature center for interactive activities and hands-on learning. The Friends’ merchandise booth will be open. Purchases are via cash or check only.

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, private donors and the cities of Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Cupertino fund Deer Hollow Farm operations.

Tour admission is $7. Children under 1 are free. Proceeds support the farm and its educational programs.

For more information, visit fodhf.org.

‘Pedal Power’ cycles through museum

The Los Altos History Museum presents the “Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse” exhibition through Oct. 5.

A reception is scheduled 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The display features a collection of bicycles from around the Bay Area, from nostalgic high-wheelers and classic Sting-Rays to early mountain and road-racing bikes and bikes used by soldiers and police officers.

“Pedal Power” showcases a vintage collection of bicycles, including one of the earliest mountain bikes built by Tom Ritchey; the first bike Greg LeMond, who trained extensively in the area, rode in 1980; a wooden bike built by local bike builder Tom Kabat; and a workhorse bike used by the Los Altos Police Department.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

Plant Society hosts climate presentation

The California Native Plant Society has scheduled ecologist Adelia Barber to discuss “Past, Present and Future Dynamics of Alpine Plants under Climate Change in California and Nevada” 7 p.m. May 23 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

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