Community Briefs – Week of May 1

Award-winning musicians perform at LA church

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Mark Hanson and national award-winning vocalist Greta Pedersen are scheduled to return to Los Altos for a concert with Bay Area fingerstyle guitarists Teja Gerken and Doug Young 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Foothills Congregational Church, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

Hanson and Pedersen’s concerts are a mix of jazz, Americana, originals and pop. Gerken and Young draw from their individual catalogs of original compositions, Celtic tunes, arrangements of jazz standards and the occasional classical piece.

The suggested donation for the concert is $20.

For more information on the musicians, visit, or

New season begins for Great Books Discussion

The Los Altos Library’s new Great Books Discussion 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.

Books can be ordered by calling (800) 222-5870 or visiting

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

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. today 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 and open to all. 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..

SV Open Studios showcases artists

The annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, in which local artists open their workplaces to the public, is scheduled the first three weekends in May.

More than 385 artists in approximately 160 locations will display their art, including painting, fiber arts, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills artists will open their studios 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and May 12 and 13. Mountain View artists are set to participate 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 and 13.

For a list of locations, artists and contact information, visit

Hard copies of the directory are available at approximately 400 locations throughout the Bay Area, including many libraries, shopping centers and community centers (visit and click “Find a Directory”).

To find the artists exhibiting in a given city, visit and click “Find an Artist” and search by city. For samples of an artist’s work, click “Find an Artist” and fill in the box under “Select an Artist by Name.”

LAH Pathways Run/Walk 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.

Special athletic race shirts will be provided, as will finisher medals to those who register.

New this year are team registrations, enabling families or group of friends to register as teams to compete and compare race results with other team members or teams.

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, acquire the group discount registration code and for more information, call Sarah Robustelli 947-2518, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

SIR luncheon features talk on medical marijuana

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Tim Byars, “Medical Uses of Marijuana,” 11:30 a.m. May 15 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Sons In Retirement Mission Trail Branch 35 is a social organization open to active, mature men who want to make or renew friendships. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, a book club, and bocce ball. Luncheon meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesdays of each month.

For more information, call Paul Schutz at (408) 313-6852 or 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.

The fundraiser will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and wine, a three-course dinner and silent and live auctions. 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, Concert for Kids.

For tickets and more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 El Camino Hospital, with no stops outside those areas. Participants must use an on-demand ride company that can provide official verification of ride cost and transportation stop and finish points.

Seniors also must complete a reimbursement form and include a receipt from their rider history. Forms can be obtained from and returned to the Recreation and Community Services Department, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, call 947-2797 or visit

LAH art committee issues call for artists

The Los Altos Hills Public Art Committee encourages local artists to submit applications for inclusion in a new digital art gallery project.

The gallery, available at, aims to complement the physical public art the committee places on town lands and is intended as a nod to the town’s place in Silicon Valley – “where tech and culture sometimes blend,” according to committee members.

Although Los Altos Hills residents will receive priority, artists from other cities will be considered.

There is no application or display fee, and artists retain full copyright to their work. Each online display will be showcased for 30 days.

To review submission guidelines, visit and enter “digital art gallery artist submission guidelines” in the search bar.

To submit applications and for more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters.

“We have already distributed carfuls of warm items to several shelters and now have almost depleted our supply of yarn and finished items,” she said.

Goldstein estimated that One Warm Scarf, launched more than eight years ago, has donated thousands of handmade accessories to keep people warm.

To donate and for more information, email Goldstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Museum serves up exhibition about 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 Thursday through Sept. 8.

Laid out in four sections, the exhibition will cover:

• “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,” showcasing the orchards, canneries and agricultural practices.

• “Conveniences in the Kitchen,” highlighting postwar changes and the turn toward more convenient ways of cooking.

“Diversity of Cuisine,” celebrating the community’s restaurants and variety of foods.

• “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. Sunday

• 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

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

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