Community Briefs - week of Nov. 7

Local resident hosts ALS fundraiser

Los Altos businessman Robert Hammer is serving as event chairman for “Champions for a Care and a Cure,” a fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The event, featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, wine tasting and an auction, is scheduled 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

Proceeds from the event benefit the ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

“I have devoted much of my time over the past 16 years to serving the Golden West Chapter,” said Hammer, owner of Hammer Auto. “As a board member, emcee, auctioneer, event chair and board trustee, this year was especially painful.”

Hammer noted the wide reach of ALS – a progressive neuromuscular disease – with sufferers such as San Francisco 49ers legend Dwight Clark and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking succumbing to the disease, for which there is no cure.

“Every day, people all over the world die of this horrific disease,” Hammer said. “Our chapter’s mission is to of course find a cure, but also to directly support people living with ALS, caregivers and clinics. All proceeds from this event will help to advance our vision of creating a world without ALS.”

To attend, donate and for more information, visit

East West Bookshop presents author Finley

Self-help author and spiritual teacher Guy Finley is scheduled to appear 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday at East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

Finley – author of the best-selling “The Secret of Letting Go” – will discuss his latest book, “Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together” (Llewellyn, 2018), answer questions and sign copies of his books.

Finley’s talk will address how to turn heated exchanges into healing turning points, how to see your partner through new eyes, how to give your partner the room he or she needs to grow and change, and how to release negative reactions before you ruin everything.

Admission is free.

For more information, call East West Bookshop at 988-9800 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 family-friendly event will include music, dance, shopping and food.

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

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Museum event features storytelling, doll craft

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Storytelling and Corn Husk Doll Making Workshop for children 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The workshop supports the museum’s current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera.” Co-curator Perlita Dicochea will lead the program, sharing stories of women in history and encouraging participants to tell stories about the special women in their lives while engaging in the hands-on craft.

Children of all ages are welcome.

Cost is $8 for materials.

Reservations are required, as space is limited.

For reservations and more information, call 948-9427 or visit

‘Presents from the Past’ on display at Smith House

The Los Altos History Museum is set to debut a holiday-themed exhibition for young and old featuring Christmas gifts from yesteryear.

“Presents from the Past: A Look Back at Christmas Gift-Giving” is slated to open Thursday and run through Jan. 6 in the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The display will include a collection of iron toys, antique shaving mugs, children’s books and dolls, advertising boxes and other items that would have been given as presents in days gone by. The Smith House will be trimmed in 1930s holiday decor.

“Older people will enjoy reminiscing when they see the items on display, and the young will be curious,” said Pinky Whelan, curator of the exhibition.

Some of the items come from Diane Simmons, who shared her Raggedy Ann and Andy collection in a popular holiday exhibition at the Smith House two years ago.

Guided by docents, “Presents from the Past” will be open during museum hours, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

To donate and for more information, email Goldstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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