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All Horizons Travel collects Toys for Tots

All Horizons Travel at 160 Main St. in Los Altos is scheduled to collect items for Toys for Tots this holiday season.

Local residents can drop new, unwrapped toys in the barrel in front of the business through Dec. 15.


Schola Cantorum presents 'Messiah' sing-along Dec. 14

Schola Cantorum, the Mountain View-based community choir, has scheduled its 49th annual “Messiah Sing” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Led by Conductor Gregory Wait and accompanied by an orchestra and the 85-member choir, the audience will sing along to Handel’s baroque oratorio. When the choir reaches the “Hallelujah Chorus’ portion of the “Messiah,” Wait hands over conducting duties – with a brief lesson – to the highest bidder as a fundraising prize. The winner of the prize package also will receive a golden baton, four complimentary tickets to the event and beverages at intermission, and a photo with Wait.


Festival of Lights Parade marches into LA Sunday

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The Festival of Lights Parade, set for Sunday, attracts a crowd to view the hourlong parade of illuminated floats, marching bands and costumed. characters

The 38th annual Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Along with the traditional array of illuminated floats, junior high and high school bands and costumed holiday characters are a few new elements, according to organizers.


Valle Monte League's holiday-themed events raise money for mental health agencies

Valle Monte League members plan to raffle off custom-designed Christmas trees for charity at their series of holiday soirées. Proceeds support mental health agencies in Silicon Valley.Courtesy of Spencer Horowitz

Silicon Valley’s Valle Monte League, an all-women nonprofit organization that raises funds for a variety of mental health agencies, has scheduled its annual series of holiday soirées Dec. 3 and 4 in San Jose.

The group features several Los Altos residents – including Second Vice President Linda Conover – and actively seeks more members from the community.


Cal Water launches rewards program

California Water Service Co. is slated to launch a three-month rewards program aimed at recognizing customers who stay within their water budgets.

For the December, January and February billing cycles, 25 customers in each Cal Water service area who meet or are under their water budgets that month will be drawn at random to receive $50 gift cards. Customers’ water consumption for each bill includes the month prior to the billing date. Customers who qualify will be automatically entered into each drawing. Those meeting budgets at multiple premises can win only once per month.


Earthworks goes to the birds

An event to benefit Pandemonium Aviaries is scheduled 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Earthworks in downtown Los Altos.

Michele Raffin, director of the Los Altos Hills-based bird sanctuary, is slated to sign copies of her book, “The Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic & the Endangered” (Algonquin Books, 2014). Jewelry designer Gurhan is set to appear as well and showcase some of his work. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Pandemonium.


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