Community Briefs - Week of Dec. 19

Course helps residents become local ‘LEAD’-ers

Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 Leadership Education Advancement program.

Designed for local residents and business owners who want to make a difference in the community, the LEAD course provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. In 10 interactive classes, participants learn about the municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital and business groups that drive the community and meet the organizations’ leaders.

Since 1995, many of the 450-plus LEAD graduates have run for and/or served on city councils, school boards, commissions and nonprofit boards.

The 2019 LEAD program will begin in early January and run through May. Classes are typically held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays; the first class is a half-day Saturday workshop that includes lunch. The schedule will be available later this month.

Class size is limited to 22. Cost is $150.

To register and for more information, call the foundation at 949-5908 or email Annette Knapp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Exhibition tells story of Juana Briones

The Los Altos History Museum’s current exhibition highlights 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 is scheduled to complement the exhibition.

For more information on the programs and the exhibition, 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 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.

“We have already distributed carfuls of warm items to several shelters and now have almost depleted our supply of yarn and finished items,” she said.

Goldstein estimated that One Warm Scarf, launched more than seven years ago, has donated thousands of handmade accessories.

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

Lions Club meets in Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Lions Club meets 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the first three Tuesdays of each month at the University Club of Palo Alto, 3277 Miranda Ave.

Founded in 1917, the service club is known best for helping the visually impaired, but members also are involved in projects supporting the elderly and the disabled.

Several Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are club members.

To join and for more information, call Pearl Director at 941-9023 or visit

Sons In Retirement holds monthly meetings

Two Silicon Valley Sons In Retirement branches, 35 and 51, serve the Los Altos area. SIRs is an organization comprising retired men from all professions.

Branch 35 meets 11 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Branch 51 meets noon the first Wednesday of each month at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

For more information on Branch 35, visit

For more information on Branch 51, visit

American Legion convenes monthly

American Legion Post 558, which serves Los Altos, hosts monthly meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 347 First St.

Meetings begin with a happy hour and dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m.

For more information, call Post Commander William Miklos at 823-5046 or visit

Westwind program needs help with horses

Organizers of the Westwind 4-H Riding for the Handicapped program seek volunteers 14 years old and up with an interest in working with horses.

No previous experience is necessary, just a desire to help. Students can receive community service credits.

For more information, call 947-8680 or visit

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