Community Briefs

BAT offers training session

Block Action Team (BAT) leaders and the emergency readiness group Los Altos PREPARE have scheduled a BAT training session 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

During training, participants will learn how they can improve their neighborhood’s emergency preparedness skills and the ability to respond to and recover from a major disaster like an earthquake. The sessions will offer tips on providing city leaders with crucial information that will aid first responders, implementing crime prevention and safety measures, and promoting social interaction through block parties.

To RSVP and for more information, visit

‘smART Series’ promotes importance of public art

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission has launched a new speaker series promoting the importance of public art, “smART Series: Conversations on Art, Place and Innovation.”

The first installment in the series will feature Danny Harris, program director at the Knight Foundation, discussing “Building Beautiful Places that Matter” 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Harris will share how Los Altos can embrace and accelerate its public art master plan. His presentation will center on best practices from around the country and the potential impact of the art master plan on the city’s future. The master plan is up for city council discussion at its meeting Tuesday.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

To register, email Maddy McBirney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Town Crier throws 70th anniversary party

The Los Altos Town Crier has scheduled a 70th anniversary open house Friday at its offices at 138 Main St., during the Los Altos Village Association’s 15th annual downtown Holiday Stroll. The stroll is scheduled 5-9 p.m.

The weekly newspaper published its first issue Sept. 9, 1947, a hand-drawn shopper produced by publishers David MacKenzie and Warren Goodrich. The Town Crier remains one of the few locally and independently owned newspapers in the Bay Area.

Town Crier staff members will be on hand to answer questions during the open house. Refreshments will be served.

The Holiday Stroll ushers in the season with the first night of illuminated trees, strolling carolers and food and beverages at more than 50 downtown shops. The event also will include complimentary carriage rides through town.

For more information on the Town Crier open house, call 948-9000.

Visit for more information on the Holiday Stroll.

Dentists provide free dental care to veterans

Double the number of Bay Area veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan will receive free dental care Friday at the Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry’s fifth annual “Smiles for Troops” event.

Los Altos dentists Dr. Bruce Hartley, Dr. Joseph Field, Dr. John McFarlane and Dr. Marlana Shile and the practice’s staff will offer free cleanings, fillings, crowns and even total smile makeovers. Visiting endodontist Dr. Kingstone Shih will perform free root canals.

This year, the office of Mountain View dentists Dr. Patrick McEvoy and Dr. Jennifer Lehnhardt will join “Smiles for Troops” to expand the number of veterans served.

Vets with military identification and work orders must call to make an appointment for “Smiles for Troops.” The practice’s staff prioritizes the most pressing cases, bringing in vets for X-rays and exams before performing the dental work.

To schedule an appointment and for more information, call Tanya Hartley at 948-5524 or visit

Journalist appears at Voter Corps event

Journalist Ari Berman, an expert on voting rights, is scheduled to appear via livestream in conversation with local and national voting rights leaders 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Creekside Room at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County supervisor, will moderate.

Berman has written extensively about U.S. politics, civil rights and the intersection of money and politics. His latest nonfiction book, “Give Us the Ballot” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), chronicles the history of voting rights.

The event is co-sponsored by the National Voter Corps and the ACLU Northern California.

The conversation also will be available via livestream.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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

Belly Dance Festival comes to Hillview

The Bay Area Belly Dance And Music Association has scheduled its annual Fabulous Fall Belly Dance Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The festival will celebrate the arts of belly dance and belly dance music. The event will include shopping, food, music, dance and an evening showcase of featured performers.

Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for children under 10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Nextdoor Solutions to Domestic Violence.

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Book drive benefits homeless children

Mothers Uniting Mothers (MUMs) has scheduled its third annual book drive through Nov. 17 at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

MUMs, a group that meets twice a month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, is collecting new books for children – specifically board books, picture books and easy readers – for Project Night Night, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that donates more than 25,000 care packages each year to homeless children ages 12 and under.

Linden Tree will have a list of recommended titles for donation. When customers mention Project Night Night when paying, a portion of the proceeds will go toward additional books for the organization.

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Artist, CASA volunteer hosts annual boutique

Los Altos artist Midori Adams has scheduled her annual Archangel Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 at Peninsula Hope Church, 599 Jefferson Ave., Redwood City.

The boutique will feature handmade gifts from 30 Bay Area artists, including pottery, candles, jewelry and more.

Artists will donate 20 percent of their sales to the Archangel Boutique, and 100 percent of the proceeds will support Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to provide emotional and educational support to children in the Santa Clara County dependency system.

For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer, visit

Abilities United sponsors Authors Luncheon

Abilities United’s 26th annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The event draws approximately 600 book lovers from throughout the Bay Area and generates nearly $400,000 annually for Abilities United, which serves children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities.

This year’s panel will feature award-winning authors Amy Dickinson, Donia Bijan, Tom Lichtenheld and Maile Meloy.

The event also will include an art show, a silent auction and a pop-up bookstore organized by Books Inc., open for sales and book signings.

Tickets are $195.

For tickets and more information, call 618-3330, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Volunteer awards luncheon set for Dec. 8

Tickets are on sale for the 35th annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

A 12-member committee comprising six representatives from each city is currently reviewing nominations for outstanding volunteers.

Tickets are $35.

For tickets and more information, visit

Simitian reflects on 2016 election results

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian is scheduled to share his experiences touring 2016 election battleground states in the presentation “Bridging the Divide: Listening to Trump’s America” 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Simitian traveled to three of the key counties in the battleground states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan that switched their support from Democrat to Republican in 2016. He spoke directly with voters from all walks of life about their situations, concerns and hopes to gain a better understanding, which he will share to spark further dialogue.

According to Simitian, his goal was to listen and learn why they supported Trump and better understand what took place last November.

Simitian will answer questions at the event.

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