Community Briefs

French Fair benefits Mentor Tutor Connection

The 12th annual French Fair, an event devoted to French culture, food and fashion, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

This year’s fair will feature more than 60 exhibitors and sponsors, a fashion show, a food court, live French music and a vintage Citroen car exhibit.

Admission is $3; children are free. Proceeds support Mentor Tutor Connection, a Los Altos-based nonprofit organization and co-organizer of this year’s event.

For more information, visit or

History Museum seeks residents’ stories

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to display the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” beginning Oct. 19.

The exhibition chronicles the vast and varied history of Americans with ancestral roots in East Asia, South Asia, Southwest Asia, Hawaii and other Pacific Islands and the contributions they made to the fabric of America.

Local stories, objects, photos and artwork are needed to enhance the traveling banners exhibition.

Museum volunteers seek information from those with an Asian Pacific American family story to tell, specifically the details on what brought their relatives to America, where they settled, what they did to survive and how it all worked out – or didn’t.

To share stories, call museum Executive Director Elisabeth Ward at 948-9427 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Nominations open for volunteer awards

The Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations for outstanding volunteers for its 35th annual volunteer service awards. The deadline for nominations is Oct. 27.

Nominees’ volunteer activities must directly and significantly benefit the communities and/or residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the adjacent unincorporated areas. The volunteer doesn’t have to be a resident of either community. Nonprofit organizations also may be nominated for their work.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

Tickets for the awards luncheon are $35.

To purchase tickets, to download a nomination form and for more information, visit

Paper-airplane expert appears at main library

John Collins, the Guinness World Record holder for flying the longest-distance paper airplane, is scheduled to demonstrate aerodynamic principles and reveal his secret to making and flying the world-record paper airplane 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Known as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” Collins will highlight how paper airplanes are a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activity.

A hands-on maker workshop will follow Collins’ presentation.

The program is for children in grades 4 and up. Parents and caregivers may attend.

The Friends of the Library of Los Altos sponsors the program.

For more information on library programs, call 948-7683 or visit

Sunset Rotary helps change smoke detectors

Members of the Los Altos Sunset Rotary Club are scheduled to help seniors change the batteries in their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 11.

The club has provided the service since the early 1990s.

“This is a vital service, as most seniors are unable to climb ladders and reach the smoke detectors,” Rotarian Mike Mansch said.

To sign up, call the Los Altos Senior Program at 947-2797. Leave a name, address, phone number and any time restrictions.

Villa Siena Auxiliary hosts holiday boutique

Villa Siena Auxiliary has scheduled its annual Holiday Boutique Fundraiser 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Villa Siena Senior Living Community, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The boutique will feature Christmas decorations, baked goods, jewelry, gifts, raffle prizes and handcrafted knitwear, all made by Villa Siena residents and auxiliary members.

Proceeds directly benefit the residents of Villa Siena.

Villa Siena Auxiliary is a nonprofit group of volunteers dedicated to enriching the lives of Villa Siena residents.

For more information, visit

Sons In Retirement holds monthly meetings

Two Silicon Valley Sons In Retirement branches, 35 and 51, serve the Los Altos area. SIRs is an organization comprising retired men from all professions.

Branch 35 meets 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Branch 51 meets noon the first Wednesday of each month at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

For more information about Branch 35, visit For more information about Branch 51, visit

American Legion meets monthly

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

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 today.

Guest speakers include military fellows from the Hoover Institution.

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

Assistance League recruits volunteers

The Assistance League of Los Altos seeks new members and volunteers to help at the Costume Bank, its nonprofit shop at 169 State St.

The Costume Bank, run by volunteers since 1964, is the fund- raising arm of the Assistance League of Los Altos. Last year 93 percent of the shop’s proceeds supported the league’s philanthropic activities. The group’s programs include the HOME apartments at Stanford Hospital, low-cost, temporary housing for outpatients; and Baby Bundles, which donates bassinets and supplies to low-income mothers.

For more information, call 941-2610 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Westwind program needs help with horses

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

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

Riding classes are scheduled 4 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. Volunteers are needed on both days.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit

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