World Affairs discussion focuses on drought

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled Peter Gleick, Ph.D., founder and president of the Pacific Institute, to discuss “Water: California and the Global Outlook” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Gleick, an expert on water and climate issues, will present his perspective on California’s drought, including the impact climate and environmental changes are having on global freshwater supplies and their resulting effects on social, political and security matters.


Halloween Horse Show trots into LAH's Westwind Barn Saturday

The Pacific Ridge Pony Club’s 21st annual Halloween Horse Show is scheduled Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Spectators can watch riders of all levels in a variety of hunter, jumper and equitation categories starting at 9 a.m. Activities will include pole classes and beginning instruction.


Pianist Nakamatsu performs Nov. 2 with Schola Cantorum

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He gets around: Acclaimed classical pianist Jon Nakamatsu is not only performing with Schola Cantorum, he is also slated to lead two Peninsula Symphony concerts this weekend. For more information, see page 18.

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu is scheduled to perform with the Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum 3 p.m. Nov. 2 at the McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga.

Nakamatsu and the 90-voice Schola Cantorum will perform Gioachino Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle,” conducted by Music Director Gregory Wait.


LAUMC invites residents to volunteer for Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church is taking a week off from its regularly scheduled worship services to serve others in a hands-on way Sunday.

The church has dedicated this week through Sunday to Compassion Week, seven days of volunteer service opportunities, and invites local residents to participate.


Community Briefs

Speaker to address housing crisis

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a “Community Conversation” with John Barton on “The Housing Crisis That Could Ruin Our Economy” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Helix Community Science Center, 316 State St., Los Altos.

Barton, director of Stanford University’s Architectural Design Program, is a former member of the Palo Alto City Council.


Celebrity Forum series begins tonight with Bill Nye at Flint Center

The 47th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens tonight and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.


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