Dance festival introduces winter workshops

Courtesy of Leslie Friedman
Veteran modern dance artist Leslie Friedman, above, and The Lively Foundation are slated to host two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” this month. The sessions are open to seasoned dancers – and those who fancy themselves dancers.

The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley Dance has scheduled two “Wonderful Winter Workshops” 12:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 6-9 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The two sessions of master classes are open to dancers and nondancers. Classes include Salsa (no partner needed), Line Dancing (no partner needed), Dunham Technique, Pilates Mat and Contemporary.


Community Briefs

Federated Woman’s Club hosts coldworking talk

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Johnathon Schmuck to discuss coldworking, blowing perfused tiles of glass, at its meeting today at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View. The club’s business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon at the presentation at 1 p.m.

Schmuck received a Fulbright scholarship to the Canberra School of Art in Australia. He is the author of “The Joy of Coldworking,” a book about grinding, smoothing and polishing blown and fused glass. He has a studio in Santa Cruz and teaches the art of glass blowing. He runs the kilnforming and coldworking programs at the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose.


It's free, fun and gets you fit

The city of Los Altos’ annual New Year’s Day Fun Run is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Main and State streets. The 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race – with laps around Main, State and First streets – is open to people of all ages and abilities. The race is for walkers, runners and strollers only – bicycles are not allowed. Pets are permitted on leash. The event, held rain or shine, will include music and refreshments. Admission is free, and no registration is required. For more information, call 947-2790.


LAH residents invited to take New Year's walk in hills

Former Pathways Committee Chairwoman Eileen Gibbons is scheduled to lead a New Year’s Day walk for Los Altos Hills residents, meeting 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Purissima Park baseball field parking lot, near the riding ring, 27500 Purissima Road.

The 2.5-mile route will offer views of the Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.


WOMEN/SV domestic violence program joins Family & Children Services


WOMEN/SV, a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, is scheduled to become part of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley next month, an effort to expand its domestic violence prevention, victim support and training program services throughout northern Santa Clara County.

WOMEN/SV, founded in 2011 by Los Altos resident Ruth Patrick, has had the dual mission of providing support to domestic violence victims living in affluent communities and training professionals throughout the county to recognize and mitigate domestic violence. Since its inception, the program has served more than 200 domestic violence victims.


Community Briefs

Course trains local leaders

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

The foundation developed the course in 1996 to provide information on how the community operates and to encourage involvement.


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