Community Briefs

Schola performs music set to winning poetry

Schola Cantorum is scheduled to perform its final concert of the season, “A Celebration of Premieres and Commissions,” 7:30 p.m Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, and 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The concert will revisit music the choral group has performed in its 53-year history, as well as debut new works, two of which are inspired by local high school poets.

Schola will perform music set to the two winning poems in its 2016 and 2017 high school poetry contests. The poets are Sonnet Phelps and Albert Zhao, both from Los Altos High School.

For tickets and more information, visit

Los Altos Flower Run benefits foster youth

The inaugural 5K Flower Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. Sunday beginning in front of On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos.

The course loops through Los Altos Hills and back.

All proceeds from the run will benefit the nonprofit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, which supports foster children in Santa Clara County. Participants are encouraged to add a flower flourish to their running/walking gear and will receive a commemorative bracelet for participating in the event.

Cost is $25. Participants 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

To register online and for more information on the Flower Run/Walk, visit

For more information on Child Advocates, visit

LAUMC sponsors rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its annual rummage sale 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will feature a selection of items including clothing, baby furnishings, toys, books, electronics, garden gadgets, jewelry, collectibles, sports equipment and furniture.

The Los Altos United Methodist Women and The Starfire Singers, the church’s high school choir, sponsor the sale. All proceeds support local, national and global charities and missions, including Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, the Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy, Pathways Hospice and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Erin Grady at 948-1083.

Scandinavian club features museum director

Los Altos History Museum Executive Director Elisabeth Ward is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Scandinavian woman’s club Sigrid Undset 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Brown Hall, 3149 Waverly St., Palo Alto.

Ward, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian languages and literature from UC Berkeley, collaborated on the Smithsonian Institution’s “Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga” exhibit. She previously worked at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center.

Sigrid Undset, part of Daughters of Norway, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The club is open to all women of Scandinavian background or related to someone of Scandinavian background.

For more information, visit Sigrid Undset’s Facebook page at or and search “Palo Alto Scandinavian Culture.”

History Museum offers iPad Eichler workshop

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled an Eichler iPad Workshop for adults 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 3 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The hands-on workshop complements the museum’s current exhibition, “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses,” which runs through Oct. 8.

Led by artist and educator Caroline Mustard, the class will focus on the design philosophy of the Eichler homes of the mid-20th century. Mustard adopted the iPad as her canvas of choice five years ago and has taught classes at Filoli and Stanford University.

Participants will design their own Eichler-inspired decor using two free apps: Paper by FiftyThree and SketchBook Express.

Cost is $75. Space is limited.

To register, call 948-9427, ext. 14, or visit

Foothills workshop centers on social justice

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled the workshop “Listening with Our Hearts, Praying with Our Feet: A Conversation about Social Justice and Spirituality” noon to 2 p.m. June 4 in the church’s Parish Community Room, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Karen Lee Erlichman, D.Min., LCSW, will lead the workshop.

According to a workshop organizer, nearly every wisdom tradition has a call to social justice interwoven in its theology, creed or mission statement. The workshop will address how, at this particular moment in U.S. history, people can listen to one another and to the movement of the Spirit in life-giving ways. Participants will consider what the interweaving of faith and action can look like for the church community in a divided country at this juncture in time and explore the tools and resources that can best guide hearts, minds and actions.

The workshop will include a light lunch, meditation, prayer, teaching and conversation.

To RSVP, call 282-7718.

For more information on Erlich- man, visit

For more information on Foothills Congregational Church, call 948-8430 or visit

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