Jan Brett to share creative inspiration with local families

Jan Brett's Tiger SlippersLos Altos-based Linden Tree Books is hosting prolific children’s book author and illustrator Jan Brett for a family-friendly event 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto .

This ham for the holidays useful in emergencies

The Los Altos History Museum serves up “Ham for the Holidays: Amateur Radio Operators, Then and Now,” a historical perspective on how radio hobbyists help keep neighborhoods safe during disasters, in an exhibition on display in the J. Gilbert Smith House through Jan. 5.

The exhibition features ham radio equipment through the years and archival photos of hams and local volunteers. Visitors can learn more about what hams do, how they communicate with one another, the equipment they use and how they help keep the community safe.

Community Briefs, Hanukkah, CSMA holiday concert

Los Altos celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 22

Los Altos Chabad is scheduled to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public menorah-lighting ceremony 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Children will have the opportunity to wear an Oculus Go virtual-reality headset and go back in time to experience the story of Hanukkah, play dreidel, cook latkes and search for the missing oil. The event also will include arts and crafts, candle making, a balloon artist, latkes, doughnuts, hot drinks and live music.

Terraces retirement community to mark 70 years with celebration

The Terraces at Los Altos has scheduled a 70th anniversary celebration 3-5 p.m. Thursday at 373 Pine Lane.

The retirement community, originally known as Pilgrim Haven, traces its roots back to 1949, when the American Baptist Convention was in need of a care home for retired ministers, missionaries and their spouses.

City of Los Altos offers emergency preparedness grants through Jan. 14

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime, and to increase communication and bolster connections.

December's First Friday features holiday theme


December’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

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