Celebrity Forum Speaker Series begins new season in October: Event features appearances by performers, politicians


The 48th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights at Flint Center on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.


City introduces trial program to provide food for homebound seniors: Rotisserie chickens offered beginning mid-September

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Department is sponsoring the Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound (S.A.S.H.) trial program, scheduled to launch Sept. 14.

Local volunteers are available to pick up cooked rotisserie chickens from Costco and deliver them to homebound Los Altos seniors, according to city spokeswoman Erica Ray.


PA Auxiliary supports children's hospital with 'Fancy Nancy Tea Party'

Illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser
Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the series featuring “Fancy Nancy,” above, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

The Palo Alto Auxiliary, which includes many Los Altos residents, has scheduled a “Fancy Nancy Tea Party” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The event will feature a presentation by “Fancy Nancy” illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, face painting and a photo booth. Each child will receive a “Fancy Nancy” book and goodie bag.


Community Briefs

Library offers program on encore careers

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation on encore careers by authors Rick and Wendy Walleigh 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The Walleighs’ book – “From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: How One Couple Found Purpose and Adventure in an Encore Career” (Wheatmark, 2015) – chronicles the former Silicon Valley high-tech executives’ decision in their late 50s to embark on encore careers that landed them in Mbabane, Swaziland, and Nairobi, Kenya. The book describes their work with TechnoServe, an international development organization, and their experiences traveling in southern and eastern Africa.


Friends of Library sponsors used-book sale

Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community has scheduled a used-book sale 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The sale will feature more than 40,000 items, including collectible comic books; children, teen and adult fiction and nonfiction books; DVDs; and CDs.


'Kid's Day' at Los Altos Farmers' Market features Storybook Puppet Theater

Courtesy of Storybook Puppet Theater
Randal Metz of Storybook Puppet Theater is slated to perform “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Thursday’s Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

The Los Altos Village Association and the city of Los Altos have scheduled “Kid’s Day” at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market 4-8 p.m. Thursday on State Street.

Randal Metz of the Storybook Puppet Theater at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland will present “Jack and the Beanstalk” 5-6 p.m. at State and Third streets. At age 10, Metz won an audition to become a Fairyland Personality. While still in grade school, he apprenticed with Lewis Mahlmann, creator of Fairyland’s Storybook Puppet Theater. Later, Metz studied with TV puppeteer Lettie Schubert, Disneyland window designer Bob Baker and “Muppet Show” head writer Jerry Juhl. As Fairyland’s artistic director, Metz designed sets, taught the Children’s Theater Program, oversaw publicity and managed staff.


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