Museum presents origami holiday event
The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host the free holiday family program “Origami at the Museum” 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.
Attendees of all ages can learn to fold origami holiday ornaments, led by origami instructors May Matsuzaki, Susan Nakamura and Janice Yasutake of the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
Supplies and materials will be provided.
The program complements the museum’s current exhibition, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story,” which celebrates how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of the nation’s history. The display, which runs through Jan. 7, features stories and artifacts from local Asian residents who have contributed to the fabric of the local community through the decades.
For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.
Meeting details next steps on affordable housing
A follow-up meeting to last month’s forum on the area’s affordable housing crisis is scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Hillview Community Center, Room 2, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
The Nov. 15 “On the Table” forum, sponsored by the Los Altos Women’s Caucus, featured a panel of experts offering insights and solutions to meet the shortage of affordable workforce housing.
Organizers said the purpose of Monday’s meeting is to identify specific steps local residents can take. Margo Horn of Los Altos will host the meeting.
“We need to be inspired to do more than just talk about this problem,” Horn said. “I am hopeful that on Dec. 11, we can begin to build the community will to deliver real solutions to this pressing, local problem.”
The meeting is open to the public.
For more information, visit losaltoswomenscaucus.org.
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 becomes 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.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $18 for students under 21.
For tickets to either event, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.
For more information, visit scholacantorum.org.
Los Altos seniors stage Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’
Los Altos storyteller and children’s librarian Enid Davis is scheduled to direct a dozen local seniors in two readings of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm: A Fairy Story.”
Performances are slated 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 2 p.m. Dec. 16 at Avenidas’ temporary facility at Cubberley Community Center, Building 1, second floor, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
The performances are recommended for ages 12 and up.
Tickets are $10 for Avenidas members and $12 for nonmembers.
For tickets and more information, call Avenidas at 289-5400 weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ventana, Linden Tree help Santa Rosa school
Linden Tree Books is teaming with Ventana School in Los Altos to raise money for a school damaged in the North Bay wildfires.
The fundraiser, scheduled 1-8 p.m. Thursday at Linden Tree, 265 State St.in Los Altos, benefits Hidden Valley Elementary School of Santa Rosa.
Linden Tree will donate 15 percent of proceeds to Hidden Valley for art supplies and books. Shoppers must mention Ventana School.
Ventana teachers also will offer a storytime 3-7 p.m. during the event at Linden Tree.
For more information, call 949-3390.