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LEAD classes begin in January

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

The foundation developed the course in 1996 to provide information about the community and to encourage new and enhanced personal involvement.

The 2013 course opens with a half-day workshop Jan. 26, followed by sessions scheduled twice a month – 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, February through June.

LEAD facilitates dialogue between community leaders and participants in a setting designed to foster camaraderie, allow time for everyone to be involved and ask questions, and provide a forum where candid discussions about objectives and challenges can occur.

Each session has a focused agenda. Topics include local government, commerce, education, the Los Altos Library, Foothill College, health care, the arts and community service organizations.

Cost is $125.

For more information, call Monica Davis at 949-5908 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SPARC hosts Christmas party

Members of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) have scheduled their annual Christmas party Dec. 19 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The event includes dinner and dancing to the music of Linda Mankin and Les Sophisticats.

Festivities begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods for charity.

Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers ($35 if 2013 dues are paid by the night of the party). SPARC’s annual dues are $50 per individual, $75 per family.

Reservations must be prepaid by Monday.

For reservations, call 917-9125, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.sparcgop.org. Send checks to SPARC, PO Box 466, Los Altos 94023.

Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.

According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, today seen only on the state flag.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or call 948-9427.

SAy Hi helps local seniors

The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.

Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.

SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

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