- Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Library lecture details Picasso exhibition
The Friends of the Library of Los Altos and Community has scheduled Mina Shea to present an illustrated lecture on “Picasso Masterpieces from the MusÃ©e National Picasso, Paris,” the de Young Museum’s current exhibition, 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Pablo Picasso is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and influential artist of the 20th century. His works encompass many of the most significant art movements in the century, including Expressionism, Cubism, Classicism and Surrealism. Picasso’s paintings and sculptures are both highly personal and emblematic of the era in which he lived.
The exhibition, which includes more than 150 masterpieces, runs through Oct. 9 at the de Young, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
For more information, visit www.losaltoslibraryfriends.org or deyoungfamsf.org.
‘Rooms and Blooms’ blossoms at town hall
A canvas collection of artist Jan Meyer’s works is on display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall through Sept. 1. Sponsored by the city and organized by art curator Karen Druker, “Rooms and Blooms” is a colorful exhibition of homey scenes painted in bold colors and patterns.
Canvases are available for purchase, priced between $200 and $2,000, with 10 percent of proceeds benefiting Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco’s oldest early-education center for poor families and children.
Visitors can view the exhibition during the city’s normal operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, at 26379 W. Fremont Road.
For more information, call 941-8073.
Avenidas, LAH team up for classes
Avenidas and the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee have scheduled an array of courses and clubs designed specifically to enhance seniors’ physical and mental health.
New offerings include Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Stepping Strong (walking), a free Health Education Seminar, Life Stories (writing), a Current Events Discussion Group and a Bridge Club.
Discounts are available for senior courses.
To register or for more information, call 941-7222 or visit www.losaltoshills.ca.gov.
Local libraries offer Summer Reading Club
The Los Altos main and Woodland libraries have scheduled “One World, Many Stories,” their annual Summer Reading Club.
According to organizers, the program offers the following benefits.
• Summer reading helps children gain knowledge and skills during vacation, instead of losing them.
• As children transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” they can use their reading skills for studies and recreational reading. Free reading allows children to choose materials they enjoy – popular items they can discuss with their peers. They become better readers, writers and spellers outside the school setting.
• Libraries host performers and crafts programs, as well as literary events in the summer, many of interest to otherwise reluctant readers. The events attract new library users, previous nonreaders and pre-readers to the library.
Registration is required for the Summer Reading Club. Participation is free.
For more information or to register, visit www.santaclaracountylib.org.
AWAKE meetings share sleep issues
The Alert, Well and Keeping Energetic (AWAKE) help group for people with sleep-disordered breathing and their families schedules monthly meetings 6:30-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center, 701 El Camino Real.
The group functions as a forum for exchanging information and increasing awareness of sleep disorders and related health concerns.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
RoadRunners seeks volunteer drivers
The RoadRunners Transportation Service, sponsored by El Camino Hospital, seeks volunteers to provide door-to-door service for people who can’t drive or who don’t have other ways to get to their medical appointments.
The volunteering schedule is flexible: drive one day a week, one half-day a week or remain on call. Requirements include a California driver’s license, patience and dependability.
Volunteers drive hospital vehicles, and service requires no lifting or physical demands.
Orientation and training are provided, and volunteers benefit from free access to hospital resources, including classes offered through the education department.
For more information, call Bonnie Adamson, RoadRunner coordinator, at 988-7651.
Westwind 4-H group needs volunteers
The Westwind 4-H/Riding Institute seeks volunteers to help groom and lead horses, as well as walk beside riders during lessons.
For more than 30 years, Westwind 4-H has offered weekly riding lessons 4-5 p.m. Monday and Thursday afternoons to children with physical handicaps.
No experience is necessary to volunteer. Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years.
For more information, 947-8680 or visit www.westwind4H.org.
PNG seeks volunteers to mentor local youth
Partners for New Generations, an outreach program that trains mentors, tutors and advocates to support local youth, is recruiting volunteers.
PNG provides tutors for local elementary, middle and high schools students; mentors at Los Altos, Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools; and child advocates for wards of the Santa Clara County Child Dependency Court.
Volunteers are matched to the appropriate school or agency based on their interests, skills and schedules. The time commitment is flexible – some volunteers work one hour per week, others one hour per month or on a project-by-project basis.
The Rotary Clubs of Los Altos and Mountain View, the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District and the Los Altos Town Crier and Mountain View Voice holiday funds support PNG’s efforts.
United Way offers 211 hardship hotline
Santa Clara County residents facing financial hardship can dial United Way Silicon Valley’s 211 service for a listing of community resources.
Launched in Santa Clara County in February 2007 and throughout the Bay Area in February 2008, 211 is a toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services. During a disaster, 211 provides information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as support with finding new jobs and permanent housing during long-term recovery.
Trained staff can answer questions about food, shelter and clothing; utility and rent assistance; employment services; health care; legal aid; coping with stress; counseling; foreclosure and mortgage mediation; and referrals to government and non-profit assistance.
The free, confidential, community information hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in more than 140 languages.
Residents who cannot dial 211 should call (866) 896-3587 to reach United Way’s 211 call center. For the hearing impaired, dial (866) 390-6845 (TTY).
For more information, visit www.211scc.org.
Los Altos Legacies assists seniors and their causes
Community members of all ages who are interested in seniors and their issues are encouraged to join Los Altos Legacies, a group of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills area volunteers dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults. The group’s primary goal is to support and manage legacy funds (bequests) and donations that enhance the services of the Los Altos Senior Center and related senior programs.
Legacies also provides ongoing influence, advocacy and active guidance to senior-based initiatives.
Board of directors’ meetings are scheduled 10 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Room 12 of the Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
For more information, call 949-5908, ext. 8.