Community Briefs

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.


Pianist performs at CHAC benefit


Pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti is scheduled to perform a benefit concert for the Children’s Health Awareness Council 8 p.m. today at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Eigsti, a two-time Grammy Award nominee raised in Menlo Park, has garnered international critical acclaim for his innovative, improvisational musical storytelling.


Costumed creatures promote 15th Zimbabwe run

Courtesy of Ellen Clark
Ellen Clark, bottom left, and friends promote the upcoming Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair with a Feb. 26 visit to the MVLA Adult Education preschool. Clark is slated to visit Know Knew Books in Los Altos Thursday and the Los Altos main library Friday.

The 15th annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair is scheduled noon to 4 p.m. March 23 at St. Joseph Catholic School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

This year’s proceeds benefits the 92 orphans of the Makumbi Children’s Home in Zimbabwe and construction of the Sister Batsirai Cottage.


100 Women foundation hosts seventh annual dinner and fundraiser

The Los Altos-founded 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its seventh annual Member Dinner and Grant Vote 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Cabaña Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The event brings together hundreds of members and their guests for an evening culminating in the disbursement of $165,000 to the foundation’s 2013 grant finalists: CASA of San Mateo County, Counseling and Support Services for Youth, Downtown Streets Team, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center.


Community Briefs

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.


Community Briefs

E3 Youth Philanthropy accepts grant requests

E3 Youth Philanthropy, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications through May 9 for its 2014 grant-making season. Grants range in amount from $200 to $2,000.

This year’s grants will focus on teen health, the environment and education. The group will prioritize projects that strengthen Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas; benefit many youth rather than a few; inspire youth action; raise awareness; and/or provide a new way to address a real community need.


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