Community Briefs - Week of March 27

First Friday to include Frisbee fling April 5

First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. April 5 in downtown Los Altos, will include Ultimate Frisbee demonstrations courtesy of the San Jose Spider, the pro Ultimate Frisbee team that plays at Foothill College. Team members will showcase their skills at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets.

First Friday visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer discounts and complimentary refreshments. Bands will perform at various downtown locations, children’s activities are set for the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza and receptions are scheduled at art galleries.

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World Affairs talk centers on China

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “China’s Future and Its Implications for the United States” 7:30-9 p.m. April 3 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Thomas Fingar, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Scholar at Stanford University, will discuss the challenges and choices China faces and how they will affect the U.S.

Admission is free.

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Kids hold fundraiser for Pets In Need

Local children are scheduled to host a fundraiser for Pets In Need, the new operator of Palo Alto Animal Services, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The event will feature sales of baked goods, clay sculptures and woven items, according to Eden Rose Murray, one of the young organizers.

The shelter serves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto.

Donations will be accepted.

Zimbabwe Run marks 20th anniversary

The Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with festivities scheduled noon to 4 p.m. April 7 at St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

The Run’s motto is “Be Fit! Create Art! Help Others!” The event includes an art contest that is free to enter, but there is a nominal fee for the Run.

Proceeds support the Makumbi Children’s Home, an orphanage in Zimbabwe. This year’s proceeds are earmarked for repairing cottages on the grounds and for funding micro grants that aim to enable students graduating from high school to start small businesses or attend college.

To register for the Run for Zimbabwe and for more information, visit

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