Community Briefs - Week of June 5

SIR lunch features talk on social services

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon and presentation by Josh Selo on “Safety Net Services in Silicon Valley” 11:30 a.m. June 19 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Selo is executive director of the nonprofit West Valley Community Services.

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

Jazz trio performs at Wunderman House

Jazz musicians Charlie McCarthy, Larry Vuckovich and Doug Miller are scheduled to perform 3-5 p.m. June 15 at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.

McCarthy will play four instruments: tenor saxophone, clarinet, soprano sax and flute. He has performed with such greats as Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra. Miller, a bassist, has shared the stage with the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, featuring guitarist Freddie Green. Vuckovich, an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in August at a festival in Serbia for being the only jazz musician from the former Yugoslavia residing and performing in the U.S. for more than 60 years.

The program will include famous jazz instrumental pieces from the bebop and swing eras, Latin boleros, Brazilian selections, romantic ballads played in different rhythms and tempos, tango jazz and funky boogaloo numbers.

Wine, cheese, crackers, hummus and chocolate will be served.

Suggested donation is $25.

For tickets, email Ilona O’Brien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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World Affairs talk centers on oceans

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Sharing Our Oceans: How Virtual Reality Can Save Our Blue Planet” 7:30 p.m. today at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Erika Woolsey, a marine biologist, ocean educator and National Geographic Explorer, will discuss the work of The Hydrous, a nonprofit organization devoted to translating marine science into public understanding.

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

Admission is free and open to all. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

This is the final World Affairs presentation of the season. Programs will begin again in the fall.

To offer suggestions for 2019-2020 program topics and for more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GreenTown event offers ‘truth about food’

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “Healthy Food, Healthy Planet” featuring Ocean Robbins 7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Robbins, CEO and co-founder of the Food Revolution Network, will offer what GreenTown reps billed as a “candid and inspiring look at the truth about food and what you can do to be a powerful force for positive change.”

According to GreenTown board member Margaret Suozzo, Robbins’ appearance kicks off the nonprofit organization’s plant-based eating campaign.

GreenTown is currently conducting a survey on its website (, with results geared to developing a program helping local restaurants transition to more plant-based meals. The group urges residents to take the survey.

Admission to Robbins’ presentation is free and open to all. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

To register and for more information, visit and type “greentown” in the search bar.

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