Community Briefs - Week of Jan. 2

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World Affairs meeting focuses on Turkey

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled diplomat Scott Kilner to discuss “Turkey’s Future Under Erdogan” 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Kilner, former U.S. State Department Consul General to Istanbul, will share his insight on what lies ahead for Turkey in the aftermath of the country’s 2017 constitutional referendum and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly strong grip on power.

Kilner’s diplomatic career with the State Department spanned 32 years and included posts in Austria, Afghanistan and East Berlin.

The program is co-sponsored by the Los Altos Library.

Admission is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Music, merchandise highlight First Friday

The first downtown Los Altos First Friday of the year is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Live bands will perform at various downtown locations, and children’s activities will take place at a “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza (Main and State streets) and receptions at local art galleries.

First Friday is a monthly promotional event sponsored by the nonprofit Los Altos Forward, a program of Los Altos Community Foundation. Los Altos Forward is a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in downtown Los Altos. First Fridays are designed to provide fun, social and community-building evenings for local residents.

Los Altos Forward seeks volunteers to join the First Friday Committee, which meets 7-8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Nature Gallery, 296 State St.

For a list of participating businesses and more information, email Jamie Lucia at [email protected] or Carol Garsten at [email protected] or visit or

LightHouse benefit spotlights Broadway

Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled,” the 17th annual benefit concerts for the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13 in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Pianist Linda Jordan, a former Los Altos resident, will join the father-daughter Gill team and other singers as they perform highlights from the Broadway musicals “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story” and “The King and I.”

Proceeds from this year’s concerts will be used to help rebuild parts of LightHouse’s Enchanted Hills Camp that were destroyed in the 2017 Napa wildfires.

A $20 donation is requested. Seating is first come, first seated.

For more information, call Steve or Nancy Gill at 948-4648 or email [email protected]

LA History Museum hosts final Crab Feed

Tickets are available for the Los Altos History Museum’s final Crab Feed fundraiser, scheduled 6-10 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. William Church Parish Hall, 611 S. El Monte.

For 31 years, the all-you-can-eat crab fest and live auction has been a Los Altos tradition, raising funds to help the museum continue its mission of producing engaging educational programs and exhibitions for the community. The final Crab Feed will honor Pinky Whelan, founder and creator of the event.

Tickets are $140 for museum members, $150 for nonmembers. Groups of 8-11 may reserve a table.

To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

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.

The 2019 LEAD program will begin in early January and run through May.

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 [email protected].


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