World Affairs Council hosts clean energy talk

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled Dan Arvizu to discuss “Next Generation Clean Energy Technology: American and Global Progress” 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Arvizu, director and chief executive of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will describe the advances in renewable energy sources. Refreshments will be served beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.


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Community Briefs

Menorah-lighting event scheduled today

Los Altos Chabad has scheduled a Community Menorah Lighting 4:30 p.m. today at Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

With the theme “Light Up the Night,” the event will celebrate Hanukkah, which begins today. Festivities will include hot latkes, Hanukkah music and dreidels. Participants can design their own Hanukkah ceramic and menorah candles and make other crafts.


LA's On Your Mark readies for annual Jingle Run/Walk benefit

Courtesy of On Your Mark
Participants in a past Jingle 5K Run/Walk gather at On Your Mark in downtown Los Altos.

On Your Mark has scheduled its third annual Jingle 5K Run/Walk 9 a.m. Sunday beginning and ending at On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos.

The event will benefit Hope’s Corner in Mountain View, a nonprofit organization that provides compassion, support and meals to those in need in the community. Participants are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a child or teen.


Community Briefs

‘Favorite Things’ event scheduled today

Elissa Hull’s “Favorite Things of Los Altos,” scheduled 5-8 p.m. today, involves nine local retailers and restaurants offering extended shopping hours. Ten percent of all sales will benefit the schools of shoppers’ choice.

The event also allows an opportunity for shoppers to sample Cardwheel, the new iPhone app Hull created. Cardwheel enables users to make virtual cards to send to friends in a more direct, intimate way than Facebook.


Animal Assisted Happiness hosts holiday event

Courtesy of Vicki Amon-Higa
An Animal Assisted Happiness volunteer, left, shares a guinea pig with a student at Creekside School. The organization encourages positive interaction with gentle animals.

Animal Assisted Happiness has scheduled a 2014 Holiday Fun event, featuring photo ops with Santa and various animals, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the future location of the group’s “Smilefarm,” 13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino.

The nonprofit organization, founded and run by Los Altos resident Vicki Amon-Higa, offers schools, senior centers and veterans hospitals opportunities for interaction with gentle animals. According to Amon-Higa, Animal Assisted Happiness goes anywhere in the Bay Area where animals can be helpful in lifting the spirits of those who could use a boost.


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