Community Briefs – Week of April 3

Author Cooper headlines ‘Speaking Volumes’ event

The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled its annual “Speaking Volumes” event 7:30 p.m. April 10 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Local author Ellison Cooper will deliver a presentation titled “Reflections of a Mystery Writer.” Popular with book clubs, Cooper’s first novel, “Caged,” is a fiction tale of suspense and mystery.

Cooper, who earned a doctorate in anthropology from UCLA, worked as a murder investigator in Washington, D.C., and is a certified K-9 search and rescue federal disaster worker. She lives in the Bay Area.

Copies of “Caged” will be available for purchase in the lobby of the library. Cooper will sign copies following her presentation.

Admission is free and open to all.

For more information, visit

AAUW sponsors forum ‘Speak Up with Women’

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to host “Speak Up with Women,” a conversation forum for women about women, 1:30-3:15 p.m. Sunday in the Elm Room at the Mountain View Community Center, 201 S. Rengstorff Ave.

Local women will discuss issues such as the impact women have in their community, their roles in education and their struggle for equal opportunities and equal pay.

To RSVP, call Allyson Johnson at 967-7898 or visit and search “Mountain View Speak Up with Women.”

Deer Hollow Farm schedules spring tours

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled Spring Farm Tours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Docents will escort tour-goers into the animal pens to meet the sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits. Visitors also can walk around the barnyard to see the cows and pigs up close.

Deer Hollow Farm will be closed to the general public during the tours. Carpooling is recommended, as parking will be impacted. Tour-goers are encouraged to bring bikes and strollers for the 1-mile paved, level path to the farm, where there will be designated areas to park them. No bikes or strollers are allowed in the pens.

Deer Hollow Farm is a 160- year-old historical ranch whose mission is to support environmental education programs. Open to the public, the nonprofit teaching farm serves 100,000-plus visitors and thousands of students annually.

Cost for the tours is $7, free for children under 1. All proceeds benefit farm programs and the facility’s 100-plus farm animals.

For more information, visit

GreenTown presents decarbonization forum

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled a community forum, “Deep Decarbonization and You: Leave Gas in the Past,” 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s Don Bray, director of account services, and John Supp, certified energy manager, will discuss how SVCE is putting money and effort into decarbonization programs, how they will help lower greenhouse gases and how local residents can benefit from them.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, visit

Union Presbyterian hosts film screening

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled a screening of the animated film of “Pilgrim’s Progress” 6:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 858 University Ave.

The movie, set for release in select theaters April 18, is based on John Bunyan’s 1678 book, which details the trials and temptations of an everyman who attempts to go from this world to the next.

Admission is free. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Pizza and popcorn will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or sleeping bags.

For more information, call 948-4361 or visit

Foothills church offers concert of new works

The National Association of Composers’ San Francisco chapter has scheduled a concert of new music, “Avanti,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The concert will feature chamber works by nine Bay Area composers, including “Bodega Bay” by Sondra Clark, a Los Altos composer, musicologist and piano teacher.

Also on the program are new works for voice, clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

Tickets – $20 general, $15 students and seniors – will be available at the door.

For more information, call Karl Schmidt at 823-4326, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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