Community Briefs - Week of Jan. 23

Affordable-housing group hosts meeting

The Los Altos Affordable Housing working group is scheduled to host a community meeting on proposed local and state reforms 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Panelists will include Randy Tsuda, president and CEO of Palo Alto Housing, and Mitali Ganguly, associate planner with Opticos Design. Tsuda will share his experiences in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and Ganguly will discuss the “missing middle” component of affordable housing.

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan and a representative from Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County will be on hand to answer questions.

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

For more information, call the library at 948-7683.

San Antonio Hills homeowners set to meet

The annual San Antonio Hills homeowners’ meeting is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Speakers will include Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian; J Logan, general manager of the Los Altos Hills County Fire District; and Capt. Rich Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

The meeting will include the election of new directors and a question-and-answer period.

The meeting is open to all San Antonio Hills area residents.

s are set to begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit

Block Action Team offers training sessions

Los Altos Block Action Team leader training sessions are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 28 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Block Action Teams offer support and a communication network for neighbors during emergencies, as well as a social network for building relationships.

Potential leaders need attend only one of the two sessions. Leaders will receive the training and tools needed to develop an emergency response plan for their neighborhoods, implement safety and crime prevention measures and organize social events. Attendees are encouraged to bring a neighbor, friend, spouse or assistant willing to serve as a co-leader.

More than 250 Los Altos residents have started BATs in their neighborhoods.

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

Sons In Retirement holds monthly meetings

Sons In Retirement Mission Trail Branch 35 is a social organization open to active, mature men who want to make or renew friendships.

Monthly luncheon meetings with guest speakers are scheduled on the third Wednesdays of each month at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, a book club, bocce ball and bicycling.

For more information, email Paul Schutz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

LA History Museum hosts healing workshop

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to host a workshop on indigenous Mexican and Mexican-American traditional medicine with Elisa Marina Alvarado 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The workshop will cover basic indigenous concepts about health and healing, and will include activities that enable participants to experience a few of the practices.

The workshop supports the museum’s current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” which runs through March 31.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Space is limited, and RSVPs are required.

To RSVP and for more information, visit

Meditation group offers weekly sessions in MV

Insight Meditation South Bay has scheduled an evening of meditation and landscape images with local photographer Rex Naden 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.

According to the event organizers, landscape photography is a “powerful medium for exploring perception, attention and spiritual perspectives.” Naden will discuss his encounters with nature, highlight his artistic approach and techniques, and share some of his photographs.

Insight Meditation South Bay offers mindfulness-based meditation practices aimed at awakening “heart and mind right in the midst of the busy lifestyles of Silicon Valley.”

The group sponsors drop-in meditation sessions Tuesday evenings at St. Timothy’s, lead by Shaila Catherine and an array of guest speakers who share teachings that support the development of concentration, wisdom and meditation.

No registration is required. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit

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