Community Briefs - Week of Feb. 6

Follies retrospective DVD highlights 25 years

Los Altos Stage Company is scheduled to screen a retrospective DVD featuring highlights from 25 years of Follies productions 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Follies, a satirical revue of modern life and politics that began in 1992 and became a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company, celebrated its 25th anniversary and final performances to sold-out audiences last October.

Over the years, more than 50 men and women have performed in the volunteer cast, and many will attend the screening.

Tickets are $50 and include refreshments. Proceeds benefit Los Altos Stage Company.

For reservations and more information, call 941-0551 or visit

Talk spotlights wildlife threat

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Global Threat to Wildlife: Consequences for Ecosystems and Humans” 7 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Roldolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science at Stanford University, will share his insights on the impacts of wildlife decline and discuss his current field work in Mexico and Kenya, as well as approaches to reversing wildlife loss through collaboration with indigenous communities.

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

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

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

City offers emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently launched a program that allocates $20,000 in grants to encourage emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Projects must support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency, proactively prepare for emergencies and strengthen the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters or crime.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must reside in a neighborhood with a registered Block Action Team, Neighborhood Watch group or be in the process of registering for one.

Applications are due by 9 a.m. Feb. 11. Mail or hand-deliver them to Los Altos City Hall, Attn: Ann Hepenstal, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022. Grant recipients will be announced in February.

For applications, visit

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LA Library hosts Great Decisions program

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host Great Decisions 2019, a nationwide discussion program on world affairs, 1-3 p.m. Mondays through April 8 (no meetings Feb. 18 or April 1) in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD and meeting to discuss the most critical global issues facing the U.S.

Briefing books are $30 and should be ordered as soon as possible from

For more information on Great Decisions, call Pat Oey at 948-7683 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on library programs, call 948-7683 or visit

Meditation talks spotlight ‘Engaged Buddhist’

Insight Meditation South Bay has scheduled a meditation speaker series, “The Engaged Buddhist,” 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 26 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The series will feature local “engaged Buddhists” sharing their involvement in areas such as social action, prison ministry and environmental protection.

No registration is required. Donations are accepted.

For more information, visit

Smith House tours feature Valentine’s theme

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Valentine’s Day-themed tours of its historical J. Gilbert Smith House 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Museum Deputy Director Heather Farquhar will lead the free tours, highlighting the history and customs of Valentine’s Day.

“Love is a universal emotion that has evolved over time and place to embody different romantic ideals,” Farquhar said. “What romantic words would J. Gilbert Smith have told his wife Margaret? Where and when did Valentine’s Day originate, and how does the holiday reflect society’s views about romantic conduct, consumerism, humor and social inclusion? We’ll cover it all in these guided tours.”

Reservations for the Valentine’s-themed tour are required.

For reservations and more information, visit

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