Community Briefs - Week of Nov. 14

Chapman headlines book talk, signing

Los Altos resident Robin Chapman, author of the newly released “Historic Bay Area Visionaries,” is scheduled to discuss her book and sign copies noon Nov. 15 at a luncheon in Bailey Hall at Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave.

Cost is a $15 donation.

For reservations and more information, call Carol Campbell at (408) 859-7488 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hidden Villa offers free access day

Hidden Villa has scheduled a free access day Nov. 23, with trails and picnic areas open to all for a post-Thanksgiving outing.

Visitors to the preserve can participate in a photo contest by snapping shots of their favorite Hidden Villa moments. Participants can visit Hidden Villa’s Instagram (@hiddenvilla) or Facebook ( sites for contest regulations and weekly rewards.

For more information, visit

Holiday pop-up comes to downtown Mtn. View

Last year’s artisan holiday market, ArtPop, will return for a second year, in a new location on Mountain View’s Castro Street.

Several artisans from last year’s market will participate again, and new vendors will be rotated in over the course of ArtPop’s three-weekend duration.

ArtPop features a selection of locally crafted handmade items for gift giving, including fashion accessories, jewelry, home decor items, artisanal honey products, holiday items and more.

Located at 275 Castro St., ArtPop is scheduled to run Thursdays through Sundays Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit

‘Presents from the Past’ on display at museum

The Los Altos History Museum is displaying 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 set to 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.

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

Discussion panel centers on family roots

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a panel discussion on “Family Roots and Personal Identity” 7 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The program will center on the process of exploring family lineage through genealogy, genetics, language, geography and cultural diversity.

Panelists will include Dr. Joanna Mountain, senior director of research at 23andMe; Bruce McLeod, a genealogist whose Scottish family roots in San Francisco date back to the mid-1800s; and Theodorea Regina Berry, chairwoman of the department of African-American Studies at San Jose State University.

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

TACO hosts community holiday sing-along

The Los Altos-based Terrible Adult Chamber Orchestra has scheduled its annual community sing-along 4-5 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

This year, TACO encourages ukulele players to join the festivities – bring your own ukulele and chords will be provided. The orchestra will play popular holiday songs, with lyrics available for those who want to sing along.

Admission is free and open to all ages.

TACO, under the fiscal sponsorship of Los Altos Community Foundation, meets monthly through the Los Altos Recreation Department.

For more information, contact director and conductor Cathy Humphers Smith by visiting

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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