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Schola sing-along series 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 Buddy James, Schola Cantorum’s artistic director and director of choral/vocal studies at Cal State East Bay, conducts Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Fauré’s “Requiem.”

Scores will be provided.

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is an auditioned 75-voice chorus. 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; students under 25 are free.

For the full series lineup and more information, visit scholacantorum.org.

MV concert features jazz trio

Grammy Award nominee Jamie Davis, jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich and bassist Jeff Chambers are scheduled to perform the music of Johnny Hartman, blues and standards, among other genres, 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.

Davis, an alumnus of The Count Basie Orchestra, travels the world as guest vocalist for big bands and orchestras. He and the Basie Orchestra were nominated for a Grammy for their new release, “All About That Basie.” He played at the Grammys in February with Take 6, Kurt Elling and Stevie Wonder.

Vuckovich has performed with top musicians of various influences, including Jon Hendricks, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Tormé, Don Byas and Red Norvo. He 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 with numerous greats in the U.S. for more than 60 years.

Chambers, veteran bassist, has played with Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard and Ahmad Jamal, among others.

Tickets are $25.

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

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.

For more information, visit scvws.org.

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 losaltoshistory.org.

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. Monday in the Embarcadero Room at Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto.

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..

CSMA open house features family activities

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual open house, “Family Arts Day,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at its Mountain View campus, 230 San Antonio Circle.

The festivities will include:

• An instrument “petting zoo” to enable children to try their hand at a wide variety of instruments

• Interactive preschool music activities

• Hands-on visual arts activities for all ages

• Digital art demonstrations

• Live musical performances from CSMA Merit Scholars

• “The Cookout” food truck All activities are free and run throughout the event.

Attendees wishing to register for CSMA’s fall art and music classes may do so onsite. Fall-Winter course catalogs will be available.

Registration for “Family Arts Day” is not required.

For a full CSMA event schedule, visit arts4all.org.

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