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First Friday festivities salute holiday season

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive downtown for the holiday-themed First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The event will include the lighting of the 18-foot holiday tree in Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets. The Bullis Charter School choir and the Mountain View High School Madrigals will perform in the plaza.

Santa, set to arrive at 6:30 p.m. aboard a locomotive powered by the local American Legion, will listen to children’s Christmas wishes. The American Legion train will provide free rides around downtown during the course of the First Friday event.

In addition to the Veterans Community Plaza entertainment, 10 bands will play in front of businesses on Main and State streets. Stores will extend their hours and offer gift ideas and promotions.

For more information on the bands playing during First Friday and in-store promotions, visit or

Valle Monte spotlights ‘Christmas Tree Elegance’

Valle Monte League Inc., an all-women nonprofit organization that raises funds for local mental health agencies, plans to move its annual “Christmas Tree Elegance” fundraiser to a larger venue to accommodate this year’s 50th anniversary event.

The League’s Champagne Brunch and Evening Holiday Party are scheduled Friday at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway. Both events will feature food, beverages and a silent auction with an array of gifts, a fashion show and multiple donation drawings, including a “Sparkle Jewel,” a seven-night stay in Barbados for two, a “Wine Tree” and 14 decorated Christmas trees with presents underneath. Ibiza Vibes will provide the musical entertainment.

Over the past 49 years, “Christmas Tree Elegance” events have raised nearly $10 million for organizations such as Family & Children Services, the Centre for Living with Dying, the Alzheimer’s Activity Center and Service for Brain Injury.

Tickets are $125-$180.

To purchase individual or group tickets for either the Champagne Brunch or the Evening Holiday Party, visit

Story Fest slated Saturday at LA main library

The Los Altos main library is co-sponsoring the fourth annual Story Fest, an afternoon of storytelling, 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

With the theme “Truth & Lies,” this year’s event will feature nationally acclaimed storyteller Joel ben Izzy, along with 10 local storytellers sharing folk and fairy tales in the time-honored oral tradition. In addition, storytellers Enid Davis and Tom and Sandy Farley will offer audience-interactive tales during the event.

Co-sponsors of the event include Friends of the Library of Los Altos, the Los Altos Library Story Fest Committee, Southbay Storytellers and Listeners and the EarthLight Environmental Network.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Women’s groups present talk by Foothill president

The Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women and the Los Altos Women’s Caucus have scheduled a Holiday Social 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

Featured speaker Thuy Thi Nguyen, president of Foothill College, will discuss Foothill’s new Early College Promise program, designed to bridge the gap between high school and college for students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program in local high schools. She will field questions about the program as well as other opportunities at Foothill.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

To RSVP, call Claire Noonan at 941-2843 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer awards luncheon set for Dec. 8

Tickets are available for the 35th annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon, scheduled Dec. 8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

Tickets are $35.

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

Schola Cantorum hosts holiday choir events

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled two holiday events, both at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 17: The choir will perform a holiday concert, “Warmest Christmas Traditions,” featuring seasonal favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night,” as well as a Conrad Susa medley of carols and a Rachmaninoff setting of “Ave Maria.”

Tickets are $31 for adults, $22 for students under 21 and $18 for children 12 and under.

• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18: The audience will become the choir at Schola Cantorum’s 51st annual “Messiah Sing.” From arias to the “Hallelujah” chorus, Music Director Gregory Wait will lead the 25-piece chamber orchestra. Attendees may bring their own scores or borrow one at the door.

Tickets are $26 for adults, $18 for students under 21 and $20 for groups of 10 or more.

For tickets to either event, call 903-6000, visit or stop by the center’s box office. Tickets purchased via phone or online are subject to service charges.

For more information, visit

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