Museum catches the holiday spirit with Nov. 18 event

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday event noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18.

The free event will include tours of the J. Gilbert Smith History House, decked out in 1930s-era style; shopping at two museum stores; refreshments served on the wraparound porch; and a performance by pianist Carole Cameron, who will entertain with seasonal music from the antique piano in the parlor.


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LAH collects food for Second Harvest

Los Altos Hills is partnering with Second Harvest for its annual food drive.

Recommended foods for donation:


Harvard astronomer discusses 'Runaway Universe' at Foothill

Harvard University Professor Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., is scheduled to present “Einstein’s Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe,” an illustrated, nontechnical lecture, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Kirshner’s talk will explore the methods used to discover the cosmic acceleration and present the evidence that we live in a universe that is only 4 percent matter like the atoms of the periodic table, with the balance divided between dark energy speeding up the universe and equally mysterious dark matter drawing things together.


More music, merriment lie ahead at downtown First Friday event

The next First Friday event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts and complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


Save the Date

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Nov. 13

Holiday Stroll, 5-9 p.m. on Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. The 13th annual event features dining, shopping and strolling on downtown Los Altos’ decorated streets. The Holiday Stroll includes carolers, roasted chestnuts and beverages at more than 50 participating stores. Information:


Community Briefs

World Affairs Council spotlights Iran deal

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled Stanford University Professor Emeritus Martin Hellman to discuss “The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Historical Blunder or Breakthrough?” 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Hellman, founder of Defusing the Nuclear Threat, will discuss the challenges of managing the risks and politics of the Iran nuclear agreement while presenting pro and con perspectives. World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter Chairman Ralph Kuiper will include a brief outline of the critical elements and points of contention in the agreement as part of his introduction.


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