Community Briefs – Week of May 8

SIR lunch 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.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball and investments.

For more information, call Paul Schutz at (408) 313-6852, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Open Studios connects artists, enthusiasts

The annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, in which local artists open their workplaces to the public, is scheduled this weekend.

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

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

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

Hard copies of directories 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 set for Saturday

The 18th annual Los Altos Hills Pathways Run/Walk is scheduled Saturday, 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 groups 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

Hidden Villa celebrates Japanese Cultural Day

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

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

The Duvenecks visited many Japanese families during their captivity and used Hidden Villa’s resources to help many of the families by housing them after World War II, including former U.S. Rep. Norman Mineta.

To honor the legacy and celebrate both Japanese culture and Hidden Villa, Japanese Cultural Day 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 and martial arts.

The event also will feature Undokai games, a Japanese-style sports field day, with professional facilitators and trained staff organizing groups for competitions.

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

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..

Commission seeks nominations for award

The Los Altos Historical Commission is accepting nominations for the Los Altos Historic Preservation Award, which recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or projects that exemplify the spirit of preservation in Los Altos.

Past awardees include Don MacDonald, Marion Grimm, Margaret Thompson, Bob Grimm, Valorie Cook Carpenter and Pinky Whelan.

The award winner will receive a Mayor’s Proclamation presented by the city council.

To nominate a candidate for the award, submit a nomination form and a copy of all necessary documentation to Historical Commission staff liaison Sean Gallegos at Los Altos City Hall, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

For a nomination form and more information, visit

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.

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

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