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Knitting, crocheting benefit charity

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a Charity-of-the-Month knitting and crocheting group, dedicated specifically to making items for charity, 3-5 p.m. April 9 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The first project is making 7-inch-by-9-inch squares that will be sewn together as afghans for Warm Up America! Warm Up donates completed afghans to homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospices and women’s shelters.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.

‘Los Altos Live!’ auditions slated

“Los Altos Live!,” the fifth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 20 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

Auditions are scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and 7 in Room 803 at Los Altos High.

“We really, really want to encourage acts of all ages to come and audition,” said show organizer Abby Althoff. “Anyone who lives in and/or around Los Altos is welcome – that is basically everyone.”

Proceeds from the Los Altos Cultural Association-sponsored event benefit the Camp Everytown program.

For more information, call Mike Abrams at 954-5999 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

LAH Horsemen invites essay entries

The Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association is sponsoring a student art and essay contest with the theme “Why I Love Horses in the Hills.”

The contest is open to children in Los Altos Hills. Judges will award prizes in three age categories: 8 and under, 9-12 and 13-17. Prizes will include a pony ride and other gifts for children 8 and under, and $50 gift certificates for the older age groups. Winners will be recognized at a Los Altos Hills City Council meeting in May.

Essays should be no more than 400 words, with a concentration on theme development, creativity, writing style, fluency, voice and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged, from abstract to traditional. Various media may be used, but work is required to adhere to the theme, feature at least one horse and be created by the student alone. Participants must include name, address and contact information.

The deadline for submissions is April 19. Winners will be announced sometime in May.

Mail or deliver essays or artwork in care of the Los Altos Hills Horsemen’s Association, Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road, Los Altos Hills.

For more information, visit www.lahha.org.

Museum extends grizzly exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has extended the “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly” exhibition through April 14.

“Bear in Mind” is based on the Heyday Books publication by Susan Snyder and The Bancroft Library exhibition of the same name. Exhibit Envoy produced and toured the exhibition in concert with The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley and Heyday Books, supported by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, with additional funds from Bank of the West.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible at all times.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Library Endowment offers essay contest

The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled an essay contest centering on The Virginia Whipple Collection at the Los Altos Library.

The collection, which honors the library’s most generous donor, comprises a complete set of The Great Courses offered by The Teaching Company. Library cardholders are invited to submit short essays on how one or more items in the collection made a significant impact on them.

Essays should be no longer than 500 words.

Two prizes – $200 for first place, $100 for second – will be awarded by April 24. The deadline for submissions is 6 p.m. April 12.

The contest is open to participants of all ages, however those under 18 require permission from an adult to participate.

Entrants must pick up a copy of the contest rules and entry instructions at the Adult Reference Desk at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Submit entries via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop them off at the library’s Adult Reference Desk.

For more information, visit www.sccl.org/locations/hours-and-locations/los-altos/news.

Freegal Music topic of library discussion

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a discussion on the Freegal Music Service 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Freegal, a downloadable music service sold to libraries for free and legal use by registered cardholders, features thousands of recordings from Sony Music Entertainment, including music from every genre. Hundreds of songs are added daily. All downloads are in MP3 format and are Digital Rights Management free, allowing users to keep them. Freegal works with any MP3 player, including iOS and Android applications. Attendees can download songs to their PC or Mac computers, sync via iTunes or burn songs to a CD.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

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