Los Altos residents organize annual concert to support the blind and visually impaired

Courtesy of Nancy Gill
The new year kicks off with a benefit concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, organized by Los Altos residents Nancy and Steve Gill. Steve is pictured above with daughter Anne.

Los Altos residents Steve and Nancy Gill have scheduled their 14th Benefit Concert for The LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

The concert – with the theme “Harold Who?” – will feature the music of Harold Arlen, composer of “Old Black Magic,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and songs from “The Wizard of Oz,” among many other American classics.


Community Briefs

Federated Woman’s Club hosts coldworking talk

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Johnathon Schmuck to discuss coldworking, blowing perfused tiles of glass, at its meeting today at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. The club’s business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon at the presentation at 1 p.m.

Schmuck received a Fulbright scholarship to the Canberra School of Art in Australia. He is the author of “The Joy of Coldworking,” a book about grinding, smoothing and polishing blown and fused glass. He has a studio in Santa Cruz and teaches the art of glass blowing. He runs the kilnforming and coldworking programs at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose.


It's free, fun and gets you fit

The city of Los Altos’ annual New Year’s Day Fun Run is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Main and State streets. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race – with laps around Main, State and First streets – is open to people of all ages and abilities. The race is for walkers, runners and strollers only – bicycles are not allowed. Pets are permitted on leash. The event, held rain or shine, will include music and refreshments. Admission is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call 947-2790.


LAH residents invited to take New Year's walk in hills

Former Pathways Committee Chairwoman Eileen Gibbons is scheduled to lead a New Year’s Day walk for Los Altos Hills residents, meeting 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Purissima Park baseball field parking lot, near the riding ring, 27500 Purissima Road.

The 2.5-mile route will offer views of the Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Community Briefs

Course trains local leaders

The Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) program, which provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The foundation developed the course in 1996 to provide information on how the community operates and to encourage involvement.


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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