Community Briefs - Week of June 19

LACF sponsors solstice celebration

Los Altos Community Foundation has scheduled a “Summer Solstice Celebration” 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Behar family’s historical Marini House near downtown Los Altos.

The event will include appetizers and locally produced wines. Local residents can network with foundation donors and learn about the organization’s impact and opportunities to become involved.

Via its donors and volunteers, the foundation addresses community needs through grants and scholarships, leadership and community-building programs, incubation of startup nonprofit organizations and convening of groups to address community issues.

For tickets and more information, call 949-5908 or visit

Amateur Radio Day set for weekend

The Foothills Amateur Radio Society will demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio during the 24-hour Amateur Radio Field Day, scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday in a field owned by Maryknoll Residence, located directly across the street from Rancho San Antonio Park at 23000 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos.

The society will operate three radio stations and attempt to make as many contacts as possible with amateur radio stations throughout North and South America. The activity exercises skills needed during actual emergencies.

Visitors are welcome to observe noon to 7 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call Phil Hawkins at 279-7803, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

For more information on how to become involved, call the American Radio Relay League at (800) 326-3942 or visit


Exhibition explores history of gadgets

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household,” highlights how gadgets from alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cellphones and cameras originated and came to play such an integral role in daily life.

“Gadgets Galore!” is on display at the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House through Sept 15.

The museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

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

Peninsula Symphony performs Saturday

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony has scheduled its annual free summer concert 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave. The location is a change from its usual venue at Hillview Park, which is undergoing construction for the new community center.

Performances will include selections from space-themed popular movies such as “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Apollo 13” and “E.T.” The concert will feature a performance from violinist Melody Choi, winner of the symphony’s 2019 Young Musicians’ Competition. Choi, a sophomore at Valley Christian High School, will play Ravel’s “Tzigane.”

For more information on the event, the Peninsula Symphony in general and its upcoming 71st concert season, visit

New season begins for Great Books Discussion

The Los Altos Library’s new Great Books Discussion discussion program is set to begin this week.

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.

The 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..

Opera Guild presents preview of premiere

The San Francisco Opera Guild Peninsula Chapter has scheduled a preview of composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer’s world premiere of “If I Were You” 2-4 p.m. July 22 in the Embarcadero Room at Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

In “If I Were You,” the first commissioned work from the Guild’s Merola Opera Program, Heggie and Scheer, creators of the grand opera “Moby-Dick,” explore the challenges faced by Fabian Hart, an aspiring writer dissatisfied with his unfulfilling existence, who accepts a seductive female devil’s offer: a secret phrase that will transfer his soul into another person’s body, enabling Fabian to live that person’s life instead of his own.

Scheer and San Francisco Opera’s dramaturg Kip Cranna will discuss the creation and implications of “If I Were You” and answer questions from the audience.

Admission is free and open to all.

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

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