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First Friday sports ‘Fun & Games’ theme

First Friday festivities in downtown Los Altos are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday, with the theme “Fun & Games.” The evening features activities for visitors of all ages.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many of which will provide First Friday discounts as well as refreshments. Local stores and restaurants donate gift certificates that are distributed by drawing.

Drawing entries are available by searching for hidden pictures in many of the stores, by registering at First Friday headquarters or by making purchases during First Friday (one drawing entry per $25 spent that evening).

Street entertainment includes games, which can also earn drawing entries, and musicians performing throughout downtown, including 37th Parallel, Plaka, Jazz Therapy, the Los Altos High Music Group and the Los Altos Chamber Orchestra.

Pick up programs, get information and register for the drawing at First Friday headquarters, 242 State St.

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

Knit and crochet to 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. Tuesday in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The first project will be 7-inch-by-9-inch squares to be made into 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.

LAH Horsemen’s group sponsors essay contest

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 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 and uniqueness. Any type of art is encouraged. 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.

Local Democrats host talk on Afghanistan

The Peninsula Democratic Coalition has scheduled Sabahat Rafiq to discuss “The New Great Game, The End of the Afghanistan War and the New Geopolitics” at a luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at Ming’s Restaurant, 1700 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.

Rafiq, an international investment banking consultant, entrepreneur and expert on religion and international relations, will address the struggle for political power and control of resources – particularly fossil fuels and water – in Central Asia and adjoining regions.

Reservations are required for the $25 buffet lunch.

For reservations and more information, call Jim Thurber at 948-8259 or visit www.peninsulademocrats.com.

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