Community Briefs


Hollister mayor to speak at next SPARC meeting

Mayor Ignacio Velazquez of Hollister is slated to discuss “Changing California – One City at a Time” at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) meeting June 17 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

A wine reception and cash bar are scheduled at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and Velazquez’ presentation at 7 p.m.


Children's author visits Linden Tree for book hunt

Chambliss Bertman

Children’s author and Mountain View native Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is scheduled to visit Linden Tree Books in Los Altos 6-8 p.m. Friday for a book signing of her debut novel.

Set in San Francisco, “Book Scavenger” (Henry Holt, 2015) is a middle-grade adventure in which two 12-year-old friends hunt for books while they themselves are being hunted, using puzzle-solving skills to solve a mystery. As they race against time, Emily and James rush from clue to clue, desperate to figure out the secret at the heart of the game. The book is recommended for ages 8-12.


Local bands play for fans, and First Friday visitors

Courtesy of Sharon Storms
The local band 37th Parallel jams at a recent First Friday gig in downtown Los Altos.

The June First Friday event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

The monthly event, sponsored by the downtown advocacy group Los Altos Forward, features crafts, face painting and games for kids, a scavenger hunt (see story at left) and dog adoptions at Pet’s Delight on State Street.


Los Altos Discovery Shop marks 50th anniversary with June 12 celebration


The American Cancer Society’s network of Discovery Shops celebrates 50 years of fundraising this year, and the 25-year-old Los Altos branch is slated to mark the occasion.

The Los Altos Discovery Shop staff is set to host a 1960s-themed event June 12 at the 243 Main St. store. Los Altos Mayor Jan Pepper will kick off the festivities with a 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Community Briefs

Library screens ‘Butterfly Town, USA’

The Los Altos Library and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center have scheduled a screening of the documentary “Butterfly Town, USA” and a discussion with director Dorothy Fadiman 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

“Butterfly Town, USA” follows a community of activists in Pacific Grove working to restore the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.


Friendship Force spotlights Brazil


The Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area is scheduled to commemorate its 31st anniversary with a presentation on Brazilian culture by journalist Christianne González 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

González earned degrees in law and journalism in Brazil. She won the “Banco do Brasil” prize for the best journalistic contribution to culture for an article on author Jorge Amado. She served as a Latin American Fellow for digital literacy research in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program at Stanford University in 2007. In 2008, González founded and became executive editor and media consultant for the San Jose-based Brasil NewsCom, an online media consulting company with operations in São Paulo and Silicon Valley.


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