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GreenTown promotes clean electricity

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “We Have Clean Electricity, Let’s ‘Switch’ to Using It” 7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Don Bray of Silicon Valley Clean Energy will share the latest news on programs that promote fuel switching to help residents use clean, renewably generated electricity and forgo burning fossil fuels.

Steve Schmidt, founder and chief operating officer of Home Energy Analytics, will explain how to use electricity efficiently via the HomeIntel program and will offer insight on deep carbon reductions that offer both energy efficiency and beneficial electrification.

For more information, visit

History Museum features exhibition on birds

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Instinct Extinct: The Great Pacific Flyway,” opened last week and is scheduled to run through April 1.

The display chronicles the story of birds – their beauty, their biology, their migrations and their ecosystems.

Curated by professors from the UC Davis School of Design, the exhibition is inspired by the natural instinct of birds to travel thousands of miles up and down the western edge of North America.

A series of programs complement the exhibition.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, call 948-9427, email hello@losaltos or visit

Foothills church sponsors affordable housing forum

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled an affordable housing forum, “Moving Beyond Impasse,” 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 in the church’s sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Designed to educate the community on challenges and solutions, the forum will feature local experts sharing strategies and actions regarding affordable housing needs, availability, financing and legislation in Los Altos and Mountain View. They also will explain the November 2016 Measure A parcel tax and how it relates to the community.

Guest speakers will include Pat Showalter, Mountain View City Councilwoman and former mayor, and Sue Russell, co-chairwoman of the League of Women Voters’ Housing Committee.

The forum is one in a series sponsored by Foothills Congregational’s Justice Issues Study Group.

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Schola Cantorum hosts Valentine’s sing-along

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled a Valentine’s-themed group sing-along 3 p.m. Feb. 11 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Led by Dawn Reyen, Schola Cantorum’s assistant conductor, the sing-along will feature lyrics projected on a screen.

The mix of standards, show tunes and pop songs will include “My Romance,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”

Tickets, $15, may be purchased online or at the door.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1700 or visit

CSMA presents free family fiddle concert

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled a free concert featuring JP & the OK Rhythm Boys 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The family-friendly performance is recommended for ages 7 and up.

The performance is part of CSMA’s Community Concert Series, supported by a grant from the Applied Materials Foundation. The official media sponsor is Classical KDFC radio.

Seating is limited, so attendees are advised to arrive early. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

For a full Community Concert Series schedule and more information, visit

World Affairs talk centers on Brazil, Mexico

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled the presentation “Brazil and Mexico: Major Political Upheaval Likely During Elections” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, will discuss how a disenchanted electorate – experiencing lackluster economic growth, violence and poverty – is demanding an end to corruption in politics as it pushes for political reform, and how political candidates who challenge the establishment are gaining strong support, making the outcome of the elections difficult to predict.

Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served beginning at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit

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