Community Briefs - Week of Nov. 21

Hidden Villa offers free access Friday

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

Visitors to the organic farm and nature preserve can participate in a photo contest by snapping shots of their favorite Hidden Villa moments. Participants can visit its Instagram (@hiddenvilla) or Facebook ( pages for contest regulations and details on weekly rewards. The Town Crier is participating in the contest judging. Photographers whose shots are selected as weekly winners will win their choice of Hidden Villa’s honey or olive oil, both locally grown.

According to Hidden Villa representatives, the photo contest is “all about the gratitude we have for this magical space.” They report that visitors often share with them photos that “bring joy, encapsulate wonder and curiosity, or tell tales of adventure with our animals and on wooded trails.”

To support its programs and mission, Hidden Villa is set to participate in Giving Tuesday Nov. 27, the global online philanthropic campaign that kicks off the charitable giving season. To donate, visit

Hidden Villa is located at 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

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. Sunday 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, offers a monthly reading session through the Los Altos Recreation Department.

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

Exhibition tells story of Juana Briones

The Los Altos History Museum’s exhibition on Santa Clara Valley pioneer Juana Briones. “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” running through March 31, is the first bilingual exhibition the museum has offered, as well as the first incorporating student projects.

The exhibition immerses visitors in historical artifacts, colorful displays and original artwork focusing on Briones as advocate, matriarch, entrepreneur and traditional healer. A series of programs complements the exhibition.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, visit

‘Presents from Past’ on display at Smith House

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” runs through Jan. 6 in the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The display includes 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” is open during museum hours, noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

LAH Town Hall features ‘Abstraction & Connection’

An exhibition of digital art by Los Altos resident Sterling Haidt, “Abstraction and Connection,” is on display through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

A free art walk and talk tour is set for 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 30.

Participants will have the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the artist’s inspiration, techniques and materials used to express his connection to his subject matter.

Haidt’s digital art work is evolving, starting with photography and subsequently including scanned images, nature, abstract and extreme close-up, all used in concert to build a symphony of form and color.

For more information on the exhibition, call 941-7222 or visit

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