Hidden Villa hosts online auction
Hidden Villa has scheduled its inaugural Holiday Online Auction through Tuesday.
The auction features artisan oils, soaps and candles; gift certificates to local area restaurants and businesses; and getaways to popular Bay Area destinations.
Auction organizers encourage local residents to search the auction site for holiday gifts.
Proceeds from the auction will support the Los Altos Hills-based organic farm and nature preserve’s educational programs, partnerships and scholarships.
To access the auction and bid, visit biddingforgood.com/ auction/AuctionHome.action? vhost=hiddenvilla.
For more information on Hidden Villa, visit hiddenvilla.org.
Children’s Corner holds baby-clothing drive
Los Altos-Mountain View Children’s Corner preschool has scheduled a holiday clothing drive to benefit the nonprofit Loved Twice, which supplies newborns in need with quality used baby clothing and accessories for the first year of life.
Items accepted include blankets, socks, hats, board books, pants, bibs, jackets, dresses, diapers and Baby Bjorn carriers.
Drop gently used accessories and clothing in sizes for newborns to 12 months 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at Children’s Corner, Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
Docent discusses Hockney exhibition
Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition,” the current display at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Many of the landscapes in the exhibition are of monumental proportions, including multicanvas oil paintings and large-scale digital movies shot with multiple cameras, some requiring as many as 18 monitors.
“David Hockney,” which runs through Jan. 20, is the largest exhibition in the museum’s history, featuring more than 300 works of art.
Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 13
The 31st Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 13 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.
The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.
Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.
For tickets and more information, visit jointvolunteerawards.com.
Annual clothing drive supports Career Closet
Option 1 Staffing Services Inc., a Los Altos staffing agency, is partnering with Career Closet for its third annual women’s clothing drive.
Option 1 Staffing is collecting gently used clothes, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories to donate to the nonprofit Career Closet, which enables women to re-enter the workplace with the clothing and accessories they need to make a good first impression and land the job they want.
Drop donations at Option 1 Staffing, 4410 El Camino Real, Suite 110, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
For more information, call 941-5115.
Local artists display work at museum
The Los Altos History Museum’s contemporary art exhibition, “Los Altos – Moving Art Forward,” runs through March 23 at 51 S. San Antonio Road.
The project celebrates local artists with a juried exhibition in painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media.
The display complements the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s off-site exhibition, “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” scheduled to run through March at various venues across the city.
Museum hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.
For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.
Toys for Tots accepts donations
All Horizons Travel, owned by Maureen and Roy Jones, is serving as a collection station for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program during the holiday season.
Residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys for underserved children at the agency, 160 Main St. in Los Altos, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays through Dec. 17.
Roy Jones, a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Marines, has been involved with the Toys for Tots program since 1953.
For more information, call 941-5810.
Homestay program needs host families
The International Student Placements program at Foothill and De Anza colleges needs host families for international students.
The program has placed students with local families for more than 20 years. Host families are asked to provide a private or double bedroom and share meals and kitchen privileges.
The arrangements start in August and end in June. Hosts are paid between $825 and $1,000 per month in two installments. Families may include singles or couples with or without children, retirees or empty-nesters.