Community Briefs: Senior creativity, rummage sale and more

Saturday event offers seniors creative outlets

The Senior Inclusion and Participation Project, a Los Altos Community Foundation-supported initiative, has scheduled a Senior Creativity Event 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at The Highway Community, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Free for anyone age 50 or older, the event will include a variety of workshops, from Bollywood dancing to watercolor painting, doodling, journal writing, songwriting and outdoor activities.

Margriet DeLange, SIPP project director, expects up to 100 participants and 30 volunteers at Saturday’s event.

“With the loneliness epidemic, this is a great opportunity to have a day filled with joy and connection to others,” she said.

The event includes lunch. Registration is required.

To register and for more information, call 279-7428, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

LAUMC hosts annual rummage sale

Los Altos United Methodist Church’s annual rummage sale is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The sale will include a large selection of items, including clothing, toys, books, electronics, garden supplies, jewelry and furniture. Finer items and antiques will be available in the “Quality Corner.”

A food truck will serve lunch both days.

The sale is sponsored by the Los Altos United Methodist Women and the church’s Youth Ministries. All proceeds support local, national and global charities and missions, including Community Services Agency, the Community Breast Health Program, Pathways Hospice and the Support Network for Battered Women.

For more information, call Erin Grady at 948-1083.

Mountain View author appears at Books Inc.

Local author Donald McPhail is scheduled to celebrate his latest release 7 p.m. May 23 at Books Inc., 317 Castro St., Mountain View.

“The Guest from Johannesburg,” a sequel to McPhail’s “The Millionaire’s Cruise,” is both an anti-war novel and a love story. With the backdrop of the Pacific wars – World War II, Korea and Vietnam – readers follow the lives of a South African Pan American World Airways executive and his wife, a heroic nurse. Set in Hawaii, Asia and South Africa, the historical novel offers hope as it takes on the horrors of war.

McPhail, a Mountain View resident, was born in Chile and raised in Palo Alto. He attended Menlo College, the U.S Naval Academy and San Francisco State University. He worked 40 years as a marketing executive in the airline and hospitality industries, and has devoted nearly 20 years to fundraising and governance for Sonoma’s Hanna Boys Center.

For more information on McPhail and his books, 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. Sunday 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.

To honor the legacy and celebrate both Japanese culture and Hidden Villa, Japanese Cultural Day will feature Japanese food, a sports field day, 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.

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

CSA’s Young Professionals network

Community Services Agency’s Young Professionals group is scheduled to host its inaugural Empty Glasses networking event 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Portola Vineyards, 850 Los Trancos Road, Portola Valley.

The event is geared toward professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s living and working in the Bay Area who want to get more involved in the community.

The Young Professionals group is an action-oriented service organization designed for those who want to address the issues of hunger, poverty and homelessness through volunteering, fundraising and serving as community ambassadors.

Tickets – $35 per person – include a tour of the winery and wine tasting with cheese pairings.

For tickets, visit

For more information on CSA, visit

Museum opens evenings for special activities

The Los Altos History Museum plans to open its doors 5-8 p.m. Wednesday evenings in May for special programs as part of its Membership Month drive.

The extended hours highlight the museum’s strategic plan to offer programming to adults and families who are otherwise unable to attend during the day and to encourage membership.

The free programs include:

• Today: Music in the Courtyard, with Big Basin Acoustic performing.

• May 22: Modern Mixology, a happy hour featuring innovative cocktails of the future. Cost is $5.

• May 29: Mingle with Volunteers, a reception and celebration of the museum’s volunteers and its programs.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

CSA’s ‘Treat Yourself’ serves homeless

Community Services Agency has scheduled its inaugural “Treat Yourself” event for the homeless June 1, designed to provide a sense of well-being and belonging through games, art activities, refreshments and distribution of personal-care items.

The daylong event is the brainchild of Janice Bonello, CSA’s Homeless Prevention Services case manager.

“Few of us can comprehend what being homeless is like,” Bonello said. “The homeless population is in survival mode 24/7. It’s exhausting having to spend your day searching for a safe place to sleep and food to eat, not to mention that they often have serious health issues and other challenges, too.”

“Treat Yourself” will enable CSA’s homeless clients to take a break from these “harsh realities so they can re-energize and move forward on their journey toward self-reliance,” she added.

CSA seeks donations of new underwear for men and women as well as travel-size shampoo, conditioner and body wash for hygiene kits to distribute at the event. The agency also needs volunteers to help with setup and cleanup and run games and activities.

To volunteer, call LaDrea Clark at 964-4630.

For more information, visit

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