Holiday fun comes to downtown Los Altos: Tree Lighting Ceremony, First Friday shopping, activities on tap

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Last year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony drew a crowd of revelers who took photos in the glow of the illuminated tree.

The final First Friday of the year, with the theme “All Aboard for the Holidays,” is slated 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The event includes free train rides courtesy of the local American Legion; browsing and shopping at retail shops and galleries, many of which offer discounts and free refreshments; and a host of restaurants serving a variety of cuisines.


CSMA presents annual holiday concert Dec. 12

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More than 30 Merit Scholars, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, are slated to perform holiday favorites at the Community School of Music and Arts Dec. 12.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual Merit Scholarship Students Holiday Concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

More than 30 Merit Scholars, ranging in age from 11 to 17 years old, are slated to perform holiday favorites and classical selections. The student ensemble groups include voice, piano, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, percussion and bassoon.


Temple Grandin offers firsthand perspective on autism

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Temple Grandin addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 18. Grandin’s life and achievements are chronicled in the award-winning 2010 HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes.

Professor and autism activist Temple Grandin, Ph.D., addressed the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 18, shedding light on children with autism in her presentation “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s.”

Grandin has autism, as do many famous and accomplished people. While she wouldn’t label living persons, she cited Pablo Picasso, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla and Orson Welles.


Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild displays work at LA library

The Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild has scheduled a free exhibition of its modern quilts during December at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

According to guild members, modern quilting is a fresh approach to quilting that reflects each quilter’s personality and personal style.


Brian's Restaurant hosts Breakfast with Santa event

The annual Breakfast with Santa event is scheduled 9 a.m. Dec. 13 at Brian’s Restaurant at Rancho Shopping Center, intersection of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Children can meet St. Nick as they enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, and a beverage. Breakfast for parents will include eggs, fruit, toast, bacon or sausage, and a beverage. Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras for photos with Santa.


Los Altos painter Hamilton exhibits at Oshman JCC

Jhänny Hamilton’s paintings are on exhibit in Palo Alto.

The work of Los Altos artist Jhänny Hamilton is on display in the exhibition “Fragments of an Unfinished Life,” which runs through Jan. 6 at the Goldman Sports and Wellness complex and the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

A reception for the artist is scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday in the lobby of the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall.


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