Community Briefs

Pancreatic cancer walk set for Saturday

The second Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk is scheduled Saturday at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

Registration is slated to begin at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. just beyond the park gates. The 5K route is accessible to strollers and those with disabilities.

Organizers Aaron and Leah Nichols, who both lost their mothers to the disease, raised $55,000 at last year’s event. This year, the Los Altos residents aim to raise $60,000, all of which will be donated to The Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research.

Dogs are not allowed. Free parking is available in Lot E.

Registration is $50 in advance for those ages 16 and over. Participants under 18 need a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Event-day registration is $60.

Shoreline Park is located at 2600 N. Shoreline Blvd.

To register, volunteer, donate and for more information, visit and click “Walks.”

Hidden Villa hosts September fundraisers

Hidden Villa, the environmental farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills, has scheduled two fundraising events in September.

• “Our Annual Gathering” is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Duveneck House. The evening aims to rally support for Hidden Villa’s mission, programs and commitment to inclusion.

Attendees will participate in a tomato tasting that will determine the varieties grown on the property next summer and can sample Hidden Villa’s bounty, rotating through food stations showcasing the organic farm’s vegetables, meat, eggs and flowers.

The Biodegrading Jazzmen will perform, and the event will feature a silent auction.

Tickets are $50-$150.

• “Fiddles & Fun on the Farm: A Country Dance” is slated 4-7 p.m. Sept. 23 in Hidden Villa’s Dana Center.

The family-friendly event will include a farm supper and music and dancing with caller Andy Wilson and his band.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will provide local residents in need with fresh vegetables grown at Hidden Villa in partnership with the Food and Nutrition Center at Community Services Agency in Mountain View.

  To purchase tickets and for more information, call 949-9702 or visit

Wildcat Adventure visits Hillview

Wildcat specialists Rob and Barbara Dicely have scheduled a Wildcat Adventure presentation 2 p.m. Sunday in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The presentation, sponsored by the nonprofit Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund, will feature five live wildcats, which could include a cougar, cheetah, fishing cat, black leopard, ocelot or Geoffroy’s cat.

Each cat is shown onstage as the Dicelys share information about its habits, habitat and survival challenges.

The goal of the Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund is to educate the public about the decreasing population of wildcat species around the world, to provide funding for worldwide wildcat conservation projects and to offer safe refuge for captive wildcats.

Admission is $10 adult, $5 children under 12.

To reserve tickets, call (707) 874-3176 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Space permitting, tickets will be available at the door.

City dedicates veterans plaza

A dedication ceremony for the newly named Veterans Community Plaza is scheduled 5:30-6 p.m. Tuesday at the plaza, located at the intersection of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

In July 2016, the Los Altos City Council voted to add “Veterans” to the name of Community Plaza after hearing from veterans and other supporters of a name change.

Ceremony sponsors include the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, local American Legion Post 558, Foothill College, the Los Altos Village Association and the Town Crier.

CSA honors ‘Hometown Heroes’

Community Services Agency’s 2017 “Hometown Heroes” breakfast fundraiser is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to CSA and the community.

This year’s honorees:

• Mary Hayes, a retired nurse and full-time CSA volunteer, who tallies food donations, lends a hand in the food pantry and organizes volunteers.

• Maureen Wadiak, CSA’s associate director, who recently marked her 20th year as a CSA employee.

• Estela Salgado, now in her 50th year at CSA, who has served in nearly every staff role.

• Los Altos United Methodist Church, which has been a staunch supporter of CSA over the years.

Individual tickets for the breakfast are $50. Partnerships and sponsorships begin at $500.

For reservations, sponsorship details and more information, call Anita Grossman at 968-0836, ext. 115, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Concert features Broadway hits

Stephen Gill and friends are scheduled to present the bio-musical “The Sound of Music: The Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The evening will feature highlights and backstage stories from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway hits, including “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Oklahoma,” “Carousel” and “The Sound of Music.”

The concert is sponsored by P.E.O. Chapter OZ. Proceeds support educational opportunities for women.

Tickets are $25. Seating is reserved and limited.

For tickets and more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Affairs talk explores democracy

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled Francis Fukuyama to discuss “Democracy: Challenges and Hazards for Its Future” Sept. 24 at 75 Tuscaloosa Ave., Atherton. Sign-in will begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the program at 3 and a reception at 4:30.

Fukuyama, director of the Stanford Center for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law, will cover the uncertainty and political trends in recent years that challenge democratic governments, leading to potential hazards of authoritarianism and corruption that threaten individual freedoms.

He will describe global conditions in Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and other countries where there are growing challenges, including attempts by foreign governments to influence national elections.

Tickets are $20 for World Affairs Council members, $25 for nonmembers and $10 for stu- dents.

To register by the Sept. 21 deadline, call (415) 293-4600 or visit

For more information, call 941-8190 or visit

American Legion hosts monthly meetings

American Legion Post 558, which serves Los Altos, hosts monthly meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 347 First St., Los Altos.

Meetings begin with a happy hour and dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled Oct. 4.

Guest speakers include military fellows from the Hoover Institution.

For more information, call Post Commander William Miklos at 823-5046 or visit

Discovery Shop recruits volunteers

The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop is recruiting volunteers.

The nonprofit store sells gently used items at its downtown Los Altos location at 243 Main St. All shifts and days are available.

For more information, call store manager Ardy Bazarian at 949-0505.

Westwind program needs help with horses

Organizers of the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program seek volunteers 14 years old and up who have an interest in working with horses.

No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to help. Students can receive community service credits.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit

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