Community Briefs - Week of July 3

Arts & Wine Festival set for July 13 and 14

The 40th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 13 and 14 throughout downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos Village Association-sponsored event will include more than 300 craft and arts booths, two food courts, three stages featuring live music and entertainment, and a free dance concert.

For more information, visit or look for the special edition magazine on the festival inserted in the July 10 issue of the Town Crier.

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, contests 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 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 underway.

The books selected for the 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.

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..

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

LAH ‘Vines & Wines’ showcases vintners

The group Hills 2000 – Friends of the Hills sponsors the biennial “Vines & Wines” event in Los Altos Hills, a wine tasting featuring handcrafted, small-batch wines that are not for sale anywhere. Local vintners are eligible to participate.

This year’s event is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Oct. 27 in the courtyard at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The winemakers donate all the wine. To participate, vintners either must grow their grapes or make their wine within the town’s borders.

Featured wines include varietals such as Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as others made from Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Zinfandel or blends. All of the wines showcase the unique terroir of Los Altos Hills.

Approximately 22 vintners will be on hand in October, pouring 36 different wines. Appetizers will be offered to accompany the tastings.

  Hills 2000 – Friends of the Hills is a nonprofit organization engaged in preserving the rural character of Los Altos Hills. At last count, Hills 2000 found 112 vineyards in town.

Space is limited to 250 people. “Vines & Wines” is an adults-only event, with pets prohibited. Advance tickets are $25; the price will rise to $50 at the door.

New vintners who want to participate can call vintner coordinator Ann Duwe at 302-0417 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For tickets and for more information, visit


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