Schola Cantorum hosts 'Mad Men'-themed gala

The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum, a 90-voice community choir, has scheduled its annual gala, “Mad About Schola: A Salute to the ’60s,” 6-10 p.m. April 25 at Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive.

The fundraiser, inspired by the television series “Mad Men,” will include wine and cocktails, gourmet dining, dancing under the tutelage of Schola Cantorum’s Gosia Hoot, a sing-along of ’60s classics and entertainment by pianist Michael Levine, an all-female doo-wop group and Schola Cantorum vocalists.


Lend them your ear: LALE talk focuses on the 'art and madness' of Van Gogh

The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled its annual “Speaking Volumes” program 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Dr. Lorrin Koran, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will headline this year’s event with the presentation “Vincent Van Gogh – Art and Madness.”


Neutra House architecture series features work of Rael San Fratello

The 2015 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series features speakers highlighting various aspects of modern architecture.

All events are scheduled 6-7 p.m. at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. in Los Altos, followed by a reception at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.


Circle of Support fundraiser bolsters domestic violence prevention

Tasneem Ismailji

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley’s 12th annual Circle of Support Luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 1 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The organization is slated to honor Los Altos Hills resident and domestic violence prevention researcher Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., MPH, at the event. Ismailji is current board chairwoman and past president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, which works to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse. A practicing pediatrician for 20 years, she served three terms on the Family & Children Services Board of Directors, including a stint as chairwoman.


Silicon Valley Open Studios tours scheduled in May: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Gallery 9
“Excitement at the Pool” by artist Steve Curtiss is on display at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos this month.

South Bay, Peninsula and coastal artists will open their studios to the public during the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, scheduled in May.

Now in its 29th year, the tours invite visitors to experience a variety of art in the artists’ personal studios. Artists will be exhibiting in Los Altos 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10.


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April 23

Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO, 4-7 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Information:


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