Holiday fun comes to downtown Los Altos: Tree Lighting Ceremony, First Friday shopping, activities on tap

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Last year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony drew a crowd of revelers who took photos in the glow of the illuminated tree.

The final First Friday of the year, with the theme “All Aboard for the Holidays,” is slated 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The event includes free train rides courtesy of the local American Legion; browsing and shopping at retail shops and galleries, many of which offer discounts and free refreshments; and a host of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.


CSMA presents annual holiday concert Dec. 12

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More than 30 Merit Scholars, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, are slated to perform holiday favorites at the Community School of Music and Arts Dec. 12.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual Merit Scholarship Students Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

More than 30 Merit Scholars, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, are slated to perform holiday favorites and classical selections. The student ensemble groups include voice, piano, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, percussion and bassoon.


Los Altos painter Hamilton exhibits at Oshman JCC

Jhänny Hamilton’s paintings are on exhibit in Palo Alto.

The work of Los Altos artist Jhänny Hamilton is on display in the exhibition “Fragments of an Unfinished Life,” which runs through Jan. 6 at the Goldman Sports and Wellness complex and the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

A reception for the artist is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall.


St. Francis Holiday Home Tour slated Thursday through Saturday

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 26th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour Thursday through Saturday.

The event will kick off with the Christmas Gala Thursday. A Twilight Tour is slated 4-7 p.m., followed by a cocktail buffet 7-10 p.m. at St. William Catholic Church, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. A Christmas boutique will remain open for shopping.


Gallery 9 hosts group show this month; Viewpoints goes with 'Ebb & Flow': Local Arts Roundup

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Judy Miller Johnson’s “Moonwake” is on display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9 is scheduled to display the work of 28 Bay Area artists in the group exhibition “Reflection,” which runs through Dec. 30.

An artists’ reception is slated 5-7:30 p.m. Friday.


Schola Cantorum accepts bids to conduct 'Hallelujah Chorus'

Schola Cantorum is sponsoring an online auction for the opportunity to conduct 200 voices and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum as they sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


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