Los Altos volunteer places priority on 'fun' at Hidden Villa preserve

Laurie Aubuchon/Special to the Town Crier
John Seyfarth is standing in front of a trail he takes his schoolchildren on, located near Hidden Villa’s hostel.

Los Altos resident John Seyfarth, 57, finds volunteering for Hidden Villa’s Environmental Education Program to be a perfect fit.

As a Farm and Nature guide for schoolchildren on fieldtrips at Hidden Villa, the nonprofit, educational organic farm and wilderness area in Los Altos Hills, Seyfarth said, the “main attraction” for volunteering at Hidden Villa “is the wonderful experiences I’m able to pass on to the kids.”


They've got New Year's on the run


Local runners turn out for the downtown Los Altos Fun Run on New Year’s Day 2015. This year’s event, sponsored by the city of Los Altos Recreation Department, is scheduled to start 9 a.m. Friday along Main and State streets. The event will include music and refreshments. Admission is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages. No registration is required. For more information, call 947-2848 or visit losaltosrecreation.org.


Community Briefs

LAH celebrates 60 years with anniversary party

The town of Los Altos Hills invites residents to attend a 60th anniversary gala scheduled 6-11 p.m. Jan. 30 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The event will feature dinner, entertainment by magician Jay Alexander and the Cantabile Chorus, dancing to live music and presentations on the town’s history. Guests can view a video that showcases the town’s history on big-screen TVs throughout the evening.


Morning Forum audience experiences 15th-century Renaissance

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Special to the Town Crier Kay Payne lectured on the joys of Renaissance-era art during her Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation.

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne offered the Dec. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos audience a look at daily life in 15th-century Italy in her presentation “A Day in the Life of the Renaissance: A Lively Guided Visit to Florence and Venice.”

Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UC Berkeley. She has developed 39 art history lectures and a series of illustrated presentations on special exhibitions at the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, for which she has been a docent since 1981. She served as an art docent in Los Altos schools for 12 years.


Community Briefs

Resolve to start new year with Fun Run

The city of Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled its annual New Year’s Day Fun Run 9 a.m. Jan. 1 along Main and State streets.

The event will include music and refreshments.


Firefighters collect toys for children in need

Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Fire Department
Los Altos firefighters display the types of toys they would like local residents to donate.

Local firefighters are collecting new, unwrapped gifts at their Los Altos and Los Altos Hills fire stations under the Community Toy Program.


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