St. Francis Holiday Home Tour slated Thursday through Saturday

The St. Francis High School Women’s Club has scheduled its 26th annual Christmas at Our House Holiday Home Tour Thursday through Saturday.

The event will kick off with the Christmas Gala Thursday. A Twilight Tour is slated 4-7 p.m., followed by a cocktail buffet 7-10 p.m. at St. William Catholic Church, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. A Christmas boutique will remain open for shopping.


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Gallery 9 hosts group show this month; Viewpoints goes with 'Ebb & Flow': Local Arts Roundup

courtesy of Cherise Thompson
Judy Miller Johnson’s “Moonwake” is on display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9 is scheduled to display the work of 28 Bay Area artists in the group exhibition “Reflection,” which runs through Dec. 30.

An artists’ reception is slated 5-7:30 p.m. Friday.


Schola Cantorum accepts bids to conduct 'Hallelujah Chorus'

Schola Cantorum is sponsoring an online auction for the opportunity to conduct 200 voices and Sinfonia Schola Cantorum as they sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.


East Palo Alto Kids Foundation brings donors to the classroom

Courtesy of East Palo Alto Kids Foundation
Students and teachers in East Palo Alto classrooms have had continuous support from the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation since its founding more than 20 years ago.

In California public schools, the government sets standards and governs basics, but local communities determine – through their time and money – the true resources available to a classroom. The East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (EPAK) gives local donors a direct way to support school communities that don’t have the budget to pay for field trips, libraries and supplies on their own.

Among other grants during the last year, EPAK has enabled under-funded classrooms to visit a science museum, a play and a wildlife center; sponsored a collection of grade-level-appropriate books about social justice and equity; and purchased preschool supplies that encourage motor-skills development during play.


Schola Cantorum hosts sing-along of Handel's 'Messiah' in Mtn. View

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Prepare your pipes: Members of Schola Cantorum invite local residents to participate in a singalong of Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Gregory Wait, front right, is Schola Cantorum’s music director.

The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum is scheduled to present its 48th annual sing-along of Handel’s “Messiah” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The event typically attracts hundreds of vocalists of all levels and includes an orchestra and conductor.


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