Community Briefs – Week of Sept. 4

CSA celebrates ‘Hometown Heroes’

Community Services Agency’s “Hometown Heroes” breakfast is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” is an annual fundraiser honoring individuals, businesses and organizations for their contributions to CSA and the community. CSA provides a safety net for thousands of elderly, low-income and homeless individuals in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills each year.

This year’s honorees include Mary Prochnow, former Los Altos mayor, community leader, volunteer and realtor.

Individual tickets are $60.

For tickets, sponsorships and more information, call Anita Grossman at 968-0836, ext. 115, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

LAH event touts benefits of EVs

The nonprofit Acterra has scheduled a workshop on electric vehicles, “Go EV to Fight Climate Change,” 3 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

According to event organizers, driving an electric vehicle is one of the single most effective actions a person can take to combat climate change. The presentation will center on the benefits of EVs, charging basics, government rebates, the latest makes and models and what’s in store for the future.

Admission is free and open to all. Advance registration is recommended.

To sign up, visit

SIR Branch 35 hosts lunch, speaker

Sons In Retirement Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Guest speaker Jason Largey will discuss “Estate Planning Changes in the New Federal Tax Era.”

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 or visit

Westwind 4-H program seeks volunteers

The Westwind 4-H horseback riding for the disabled program has scheduled a volunteer orientation/training session noon Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

Volunteers care for the horses and assist in leading or side-walking horses during lessons.

No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

Fall riding classes (10 weeks) begin Monday and Sept. 12.

For the 2019-2020 riding schedule, visit

For more information, leave a message on the 4-H phone line at 947-8680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

Fraknoi tours universe for LALE benefit

Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi is scheduled to lead “A Grand Tour of the Universe” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Sponsored by the Los Altos Library Endowment, the nontechnical presentation is designed for anyone with an interest in the wonders of the universe. LALE’s mission is to increase financial support for the library’s services, collections, equipment, facilities and programs.

Fraknoi recently retired as chairman of the astronomy department at Foothill College. He now teaches noncredit astronomy courses for seniors at the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco and the OLLI program at San Francisco State.

Admission is free and open to all.

For more information, 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. 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 of the wine. To participate, vintners either must grow their grapes or make their wine within the town’s borders.

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.

Space is limited to 250 people.

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..

To register and for more information, visit

One Warm Scarf project needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless and residents in need through her One Warm Scarf project.

Goldstein collects yarn for local seniors to knit the items, which she then delivers to homeless shelters from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

To donate and for more information, email Goldstein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Congregation Beth Am offers Judaism class

Congregation Beth Am has scheduled the class Building Blocks of Judaism 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19 through March 26, at 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Taught by the entire Beth Am clergy, the class is for anyone with an interest in learning (or relearning) more about Judaism. Participation is open to all: congregation members and nonmembers, Jews and non-Jews, interfaith couples and those considering conversion.

Students will learn the basics of Judaism in an informal atmosphere, exploring fundamental aspects of Jewish practices.

The class will also include a Friday evening Shabbat experience at Beth Am as well as two field trips.

To register and for more information, call Rabbi Heath Watenmaker at 493-4661 or visit

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