Community Briefs – Week of July 10

Schola Cantorum’s Summer Sings continues

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program is scheduled to continue 7:30 p.m. Monday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Attendees can sing along as a “drop-in” choir as Lou De La Rosa, director of Choral and Vocal Studies at West Valley College, conducts Haydn’s “The Creation.”

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is an auditioned 75-voice chorus under the artistic direction of Buddy James. Its mission is to connect the Silicon Valley community with choral music through live performances, educational outreach programs and collaborations with local artists.

Admission is $17, free for students under 25.

For the full Summer Sings lineup, visit

Watercolor Society hosts show at LA main library

Artwork by members of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society is on display through July 31 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, “Poetry by Watercolor,” highlights diverse interpretations of the theme, from literal to abstract. The display is open during regular library hours.

For more information, visit

Pathways sponsors golf fundraiser

Pathways Home Health & Hospice has scheduled its seventh annual Links to the Heart Golf Tournament fundraiser Monday 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

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

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. South 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

Great Books Discussion continues at library

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..

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