Community Briefs - Week of June 26

Glorious Fourth set for Shoup Park

The city of Los Altos’ Recreation and Community Services has scheduled its annual Glorious Fourth picnic 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.

Activities will include live music from Ye Olde Towne Band and the Unicorns, and children’s games. Food will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit

Downtown Green rolls out July 19

The Downtown Green is set to return for another summer run of activities beginning July 19 along Third Street between Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled 8 p.m. July 20, followed by an outdoor movie screening.

Sponsored by the city of Los Altos, the Downtown Green replaces the Third Street asphalt with a pop-up park featuring a green lawn, tables, chairs and a stage for performances.

Movies are screened 8:30 p.m. every Saturday for the duration of the Green, which ends Aug. 25. Other activities include a Kids Day and puppet show July 25; concerts July 25 and Aug. 2, 8, 15 and 22; a youth science fair Aug. 17; and a volunteer fair Aug. 24.

For more information, visit

Pathways sponsors golf fundraiser

Pathways Home Health & Hospice has scheduled its seventh annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament fundraiser July 15 at Stanford Golf Course, 91 Links Road, in the foothills above the Stanford University campus.

The event is also known as the Suzanne Lussier Memorial Tournament, named for a valued Pathways contributor and avid golfer who died last year.

Registration and a putting contest will begin at 10 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. shotgun start.

The tourney includes a box lunch, dinner, awards and prizes.

Los Altos residents Tom and Gunilla Follett serve as event chairpersons. Tom started the event, blending his Pathways involvement with his love of golf. Several local residents are among the scheduled participants.

Local sponsors include Kozy Brothers DeMartini Orchard and Los Altos Hardware.

To register online and for more information, 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 [email protected] or visit

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 [email protected].

SIR meetings feature lunch, speakers

Sons In Retirement Los Altos Branch 35 meets for lunch on the third Wednesday of every month at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

The meetings include guest speakers and time to socialize.

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 [email protected] or visit


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