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Downtown Los Altos kicks off Labor Day weekend with First Friday

Courtesy of Sharon Storms
Carol Garsten of Nature Gallery on State Street serves wine and snacks at every First Friday.

It’s that time of the month: Friday marks September’s First Friday event with festivities in downtown Los Altos that include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and special promotions.

Friday’s event will feature discounts on merchandise and services; restaurant happy hours; artist receptions at Gallery 9 and Viewpoints Galley; a Kids Corner with children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza, Main and State streets; and Club 55, the pop-up club for residents 55 and older, on the back patio at the Costume Bank at 169 State St. The club will offer wine tasting and appetizers.

Internationally known author plans local talk

MICHAEL LIONSTAR/ Special to the Town Crier
Alexander McCall Smith is scheduled to appear in the Los Altos area in October, where he will speak at the “One from the Heart” fundraiser supporting Pathways Hospice.

Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith now travels extensively – from Istanbul to Australia – meeting his readers. His travel schedule brings him to the Los Altos area in October for the “One from the Heart” awards breakfast, the annual fundraiser for Pathways Home Health and Hospice.

Smith is the keynote speaker at the event, scheduled 7:30-9:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. He is also being hosted at a private reception in Los Altos.

Gatsby event supports grief counseling, hospice

The 36th annual Hospice of the Valley Gala is scheduled 5-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The event, which will feature a Great Gatsby Roaring Twenties theme, will include dinner, entertainment and cocktails from the Gatsby era.

CSA honors Celebrity Forum's Henning as 'Hometown Hero'


Community Services Agency is scheduled to honor “Hometown Heroes” at its annual breakfast fundraiser 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The event recognizes the community service and philanthropic contributions of local individuals and businesses. This year’s honorees are Dick Henning, founder of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speaker Series, and Fred Wee of Interiors & Textiles for the company’s participation in Design for a Difference.

LAH showcases plein-air artist

An exhibition of artist John Burton’s work, “A Testimony of Beauty,” is scheduled Sept. 16 through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception is slated 2-5 p.m. Sept. 24 at town hall. The free reception will feature live music, food and wine.

Community Briefs

Library presentation spotlights composting

The Los Altos Library and the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County have scheduled a presentation on “The Science of Composting” 7 p.m. today in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion will explore the world of composting from the macro to the micro, the elements, the bugs and beyond. Attendees can learn about how one small act of waste diversion in the home can have major positive impacts on climate, soil and society.

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