Community Briefs - Week of April 17

AAUW introduces Tech Trek Scholars

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled a Fiesta Lunch to introduce its middle-school scholarship winners noon to 2 p.m. May 5 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The organization’s Tech Trek Scholars for this summer’s AAUW Tech Trek Grace Hopper Science Camp, held on the Stanford University campus July 14-20, are girls who attend middle schools in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Annette Kardinski, former chief systems engineer at Lockheed and for an International Space Station support contract for NASA, will be the featured speaker at the luncheon.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the AAUW.

Admission is open to all, but families with daughters interested in science are particularly encouraged to attend.

Cost is $20 per person. The deadline to register is April 25.

To RSVP, send a check made out to “LA-MV AAUW” to Claire Noonan at 950 University Ave., Los Altos 94024.

Hidden Villa hosts Japanese Cultural Day

The fifth annual Japanese Cultural Day is scheduled 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Hidden Villa’s Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event will feature food and activities for both children and adults, including games, a treasure hunt, hands-on cultural crafts, demonstrations, live entertainment and displays.

Admission is free; parking is $10.

For more information, visit

New season begins for Great Books Discussion

The Los Altos Library’s Great Books Discussion program is set to begin May 21.

The books selected for the coming season include “Even Deadlier: A Sequel to the 7 Deadly Sins Sampler” and “Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions.”

The Great Books Discussion meets 7-9 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

To order the books, call (800) 222-5870 or visit

For more information, email Marcene at [email protected].

Easter activities scheduled at Shoreline

Shoreline Lake in Mountain View has scheduled its fourth annual Easter Bunny & Egg Extravaganza 10 a.m. Saturday at the lake, between the Boathouse and American Bistro at 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd.

The event will feature outdoor activities for both children and adults, including an egg hunt, egg decorating, crafts, an egg roll, an egg-and-spoon race and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The hunt is slated at 10:45 a.m.; all other activities are set for 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $15 per child, up to age 12. Participants should bring their own baskets. Advance registration is required.

To register online and for more information, visit and scroll down to the “April” link.

World Affairs explores rise of populism

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “The Rise of Populism Around the World” 7:30-9 p.m. May 1 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at UC Berkeley, will discuss the global resurgence of populism today and share his proposals on ways to control its political and economic impacts.

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

Admission is free.

For more information, email Katie Zoglin at [email protected].

LAH Pathways Run set for May 11

The 18th annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled May 11, beginning at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, and wending through Byrne Preserve and the town’s pathways.

The run features a hilly and challenging 5K and 10K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. and a 1-Mile Fun Run at 10:30 a.m.

Cost is $45 per person for the Run Walk, $50 on race day. Group registrations of 10 or more are $35 per person. The 1-mile Fun Run costs $30 per person, $35 on race day.

To register, volunteer and for more information, call Sarah Robustelli at 947-2518, email [email protected] or visit

History Museum display honors Garden Club

The Los Altos History Museum commemorates the contributions of the Garden Club of Los Altos with its exhibition “90 Years of Flowers: Celebrating the Garden Club of Los Altos,” scheduled to run through April 28 in the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The Los Altos Men’s Club established the Garden Club in 1929 for the purpose of organizing flower shows in Shoup Park, which became an annual event.

The exhibition is free.

For more information, visit

SF Symphony league presents fundraiser

The Silicon Valley League of the San Francisco Symphony, which includes members from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, has scheduled a “Latin Rhapsody and Dinner Show” 5 p.m. May 19 at the Pullman Hotel, 223 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City.

Scheduled performers include Tango del Cielo, flamenco dancer Suzanne Mendieta, harpist Anna Maria Mendieta, violinist Thomas Lee, bassist Sascha Jacobsen and percussionist Colin Douglas.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the San Francisco Symphony and its community educational program, Concerts for Kids.

For tickets and more information, email [email protected]

Ride reimbursements available for local seniors

The city of Los Altos Senior Program is providing an on-demand ride reimbursement for local seniors.

The pilot program, which launched last year and runs through June 30, offers up to $3 per ride for older adults who are members of the Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Senior Program.

Annual membership rates are $26 for residents, $40 for nonresidents.

Rides must begin and end within the city of Los Altos, town of Los Altos Hills or at El Camino Hospital, with no stops outside those areas.

Seniors also must complete a reimbursement form and include a receipt from their rider history.

For more information, call 947-2797 or visit

3 speakers remain on Morning Forum schedule

The 2019 Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is underway at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Remaining speakers and their topics include:

• May 7: Megan Smolnyak, genealogist and author, “No Man Left Behind: Bringing Our Soldiers Home from WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam”

• May 21: Andrew Fraknoi, chairman emeritus of the astronomy department at Foothill College, “Celebrating Stephen Hawking: His Amazing Life and Scientific Work”

• June 4: Richard Kogan, Juilliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard University-educated psychiatrist, “The Mind and Music of George Gershwin”

For a series subscription and more information, visit

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