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Workshop addresses downtown open spaces

Los Altos Forward, a grassroots group that promotes downtown revitalization, encourages local residents to embark on a walking tour and brainstorm ideas for open spaces in the process.

Members of Los Altos Forward have scheduled a “Community Placemaking Workshop” with planning expert Fred Kent 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants will meet at 359 State Street, the bike shop, to hear from Kent, a specialist in creating social spaces.

The hands-on workshop will involve participants walking and observing the downtown landscape as they apply Kent’s placemaking principles to identify and brainstorm social spaces throughout the area.

Kent is founder and president of Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit planning agency dedicated to helping people sustain public spaces. Founded in 1975, the group has completed projects in more than 2,500 communities in all 50 states and 40 countries.

For more information on the group or the upcoming event, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

Vintage Affaire benefits blind, visually impaired

The 30th Annual Vintage Affaire is scheduled 3:30 p.m. June 23 at a private estate in Woodside. The event, a fundraiser for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, will feature one of the largest wine auctions in California.

Over the past 29 years, the Vintage Affaire benefit has raised nearly $8 million for the Vista Center.

The event will include a stroll through the estate’s gardens, sampling of award-winning wines from California vintners and craft beers from Bay Area brewers, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs.

The fundraiser will feature silent and live auctions with wine from hard-to-find California vintages and first-growth French Bordeaux.

Two ticket packages are available. Club Level ($225 per person) includes silent and live auctions, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Patron Level ($475) features an additional wine-pairing dinner.

For tickets and more information on the location, visit www.vintageaffaire.org.

Avenidas, LAH team up for classes

Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.

Offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing) and more.

To register and for more information, call the Parks and Recreation office at 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.

Westwind 4H group welcomes volunteers

The Westwind 4-H /Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.

No experience is necessary. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.

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