Community Briefs – Week of Oct. 9

LACF hosts annual brunch Sunday

Los Altos Community Foundation has scheduled its 28th annual brunch 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The brunch will feature a buffet followed by a presentation on innovative approaches to addressing local and global issues.

This year’s speaker, Kriss Deiglmeier, will discuss “Philanthropic Approaches for Today and for the Future.” Named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in U.S. Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy, Deiglmeier is CEO of Tides, a global foundation and social venture accelerator that supports corporate, private and family foundations and individual donors, granting more than $380 million to social change agents worldwide.

Tickets are $75 per person; reservations are required.

For tickets and more information, call 949-5908 or visit

LAUMC sponsors Harvest Craft Faire

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its 40th annual Harvest Craft Faire 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 at the church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The event will feature a large selection of handcrafted items made by more than 40 artisans, from glass and stuffed pumpkins to pilgrims, Santas, wooden bowls, cutting boards and kitchen items. A gourmet shop will stock canned jellies and jams, Indian spices and Turkish specialty foods, and a garden shop will be filled with holiday decor and plants.

Other highlights will include a pottery-making demonstration and an observation beehive with a beekeeper to answer questions.

Lunch will be available with live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coffee and snacks will sold be all day.

Proceeds support Community Services Agency, Bay Area Can- cer Connection, Family Supportive Housing, Pathways Hospice, Hope’s Corner and the YWCA Support Network.

Admission is free.

For more information, call (408) 257-8640 or visit

Museum fundraiser held at Auto Vino

The Los Altos History Museum’s fall fundraiser will feature exotic, classic and luxury automobiles and fine wines. The event, “If Cars Could Talk: Revving Up the Future of the Los Altos History Museum,” is scheduled 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park.

The evening will enable car enthusiasts and wine lovers to mingle at a unique automobile preserve and winery while enjoying a catered reception, live music by Big Basin Acoustic and both live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $125, $50 of which is tax deductible.

All proceeds support the museum’s Oral History Program and collections care.

For tickets and more information, visit

Ham ‘Jamboree’ slated Oct. 19 in Los Altos

The city of Los Altos Division of Emergency Preparedness is scheduled to host the 2019 Jamboree-on-the-Air 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The event will run in conjunction with the “Our Community Prepares” exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum, on display Oct. 17 through Jan. 19.

Jamboree-on-the-Air offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to observe ham radio operators in action and try the service out.

Ham radio brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world or even into space, all without the internet or cellphones. It can serve a critical function during emergencies.

Admission is free.

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Rotarians help seniors with smoke detectors

The Los Altos Sunset Rotary Club has scheduled its annual community service project for seniors, replacing the batteries in their smoke detectors.

Members will visit homes to perform the service 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2.

To schedule an appointment, call the Los Altos Senior Program at 947-2797 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include name, address and phone number.

Local author book fair set for Saturday in MV

A local author book fair is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.

Tables will be set up throughout the library where visitors can meet the authors, buy their books and have them signed.

The fair will feature a wide array of authors across many genres, including nonfiction, science-fiction, mystery and children’s.

The library also will host a question-and-answer session with a select group of authors at 3 p.m. in the first-floor program room.

For more information, visit

Museum extends gadgets exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has extended its exhibition “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household” through Nov. 10.

The display highlights how gadgets from alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cellphones and cameras originated and came to play such an integral role in daily life.

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, 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..

To register and for more information, visit

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