Community Briefs - week of April 24

Homesteading Day comes to Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa has scheduled its second annual Homesteading Day 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The family-friendly event will include presentations on sheep shearing, chicken care, scything and beer brewing.

“In this region of fast-paced growth in which technology can provide all basic needs and any desired outcome, this is one of the few events that advocates for reconnecting with the things that make us human: food, creative use of natural resources and interpersonal relationships with fellow community members,” said Nicky Crummett, community programs manager for Hidden Villa’s farm.

An all-day pass for the event is $30.

Tickets may be purchased separately for the sheep-shearing demonstrations, 9:30-11:30 a.m. ($20) and the “Homesteading Afternoon,” 12:30-4 p.m. ($15). Children 2 and under are free.

Food trucks will be on-site 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who bike, walk, hike or run to the farm will be entered in a drawing to win a prize.

For more information, visit

AAUW celebrates Tech Trek scholars

The Los Altos-Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women have scheduled a “Fiesta Lunch” celebrating their Tech Trek Science Camp scholars noon to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Garden House in Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The scholars are girls who attend middle school in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

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

The aim of the AAUW Tech Trek camp is to encourage girls and young women to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Scholarships are funded by local AAUW branches with additional support from local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs.

The event will include lunch catered by LuLu’s.

Women, girls and friends and relatives of girls who are currently choosing career paths or who are interested in STEM careers or women’s equity issues are especially encouraged to attend.

Cost is $20 per person.

To reserve a space, call Claire Noonan at 941-2843 by Thursday.

Japanese Cultural Day scheduled May 19

Hidden Villa is scheduled to host its fifth annual Japanese Cultural Day 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 in the Dana Center, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.

The connection between Hidden Villa and the Japanese community dates back to the preserve’s founders, Frank and Josephine Duveneck, who in the 1940s opposed Japanese internment.

The event will feature Japanese food, hands-on arts and crafts, origami paper folding, calligraphy, a tea ceremony, Ikebana flower arranging, kimono dressing, cultural displays, demonstrations, a treasure hunt, face painting, music, the Bon Odori dance, Undokai sports and martial arts.

Admission is free and open to all. A $10 parking pass must be purchased in advance at

For more information, call 949-6326 or visit

History Museum features new exhibition on food

How food impacts culture, shapes lives and affects the planet is the focus of Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” on display May 2 through Sept. 8.

Laid out in four sections, the exhibition will cover:

• “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,” showcasing the area’s orchards and agricultural practices • “Conveniences in the Kitchen,” highlighting postwar changes in cooking, eating and storing food

• “Diversity of Cuisine,” celebrating the community’s restaurants

• “The Future of Food,” exploring today’s food movements and new food technologies

A series of related programs is scheduled at the museum, unless otherwise noted, including:

• Opening reception with Mexican fusion food, 2-5 p.m. May 5

• Cannery pioneers talk with Robin Chapman and Gloria Hom, Ph.D., 7-8 p.m. May 9

• “Modern Mixology” demonstration featuring drinks from the future, 5-7 p.m. May 22

• Apricot STEM Fair with hands-on activities, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30

• Kids cooking classes, 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 6, 13, 20 and 27

• Slow-food cooking classes, 6-8 p.m. July 8, 16 and 24

• “Eating Your Values” panel discussion at the Los Altos main library, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 15

• “Food for the Future” panel discussion at the Los Altos main library, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22

For more information, call 948-9427, ext. 14, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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