Community Briefs – Week of Nov. 13

Museum rings in holidays with ‘Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday celebration noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include live music, refreshments and gift boutiques for shoppers. Visitors may tour the J. Gilbert Smith House, decorated for a historical 1930s Christmas, and enjoy home-baked treats on the porch as Carole Cameron plays Christmas music on the piano at 1 p.m. Shoppers will have the first opportunity to purchase items at a holiday boutique that runs through December.

In the main gallery of the museum, choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley will sing carols at 2 p.m., and students from Egan Junior High School will sing songs of the season at 3 p.m.

  Visitors are encouraged to contribute food, gift cards and unwrapped educational toys to the Community Services Agency donation box at the museum.

Admission is free. Registration is requested.

To register and for more information, visit

French Fair benefits Mentor Tutor Connection

The French Fair Bay Area, the largest regional event devoted to French culture, food and fashion, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support the Los Altos-based nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection, which trains and places adult mentors and tutors at local schools. Mentor Tutor Connection is a co-organizer of the fair.

The event will feature more than 60 exhibitors and sponsors, a food court, live French music, a vintage Citroen car exhibition and children’s activities.

For more information, visit or

Holiday Boutique set for Saturday

Villa Siena Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser is scheduled 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Villa Siena Senior Living Community, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Items for sale will include Christmas decorations, baked goods, jewelry, raffle prizes and knitting and crocheting handcrafted by the auxiliary and residents of Villa Siena.

The auxiliary is a nonprofit group of volunteers that aims to enrich the lives of the residents of Villa Siena by addressing their spiritual, physical, social and emotional needs. All proceeds will support the residents of Villa Siena by paying for speakers, entertainers, craft classes, parties and gifts throughout the year.

For more information, visit


Berman headlines SIR luncheon

State Assemblyman Marc Berman will offer an “Update from Sacramento” at the Sons In Retirement Branch 35 luncheon scheduled 11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Berman is a Democrat who represents District 24, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball, a book club and investments.

For more information, call Paul Schutz at (408) 313-6852 or visit

Charity league welcomes members

The Orchard Valley Chapter of the National Charity League is conducting its annual membership drive and accepting applications from girls in grades 6-9. The Orchard Valley Chapter membership area includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

NCL is a nonprofit organization that engages mothers and daughters in volunteer community service projects. The NCL’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Founded in 2009 in Los Altos, the Orchard Valley Chapter has grown to nearly 300 members and supports a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Autism Diagnostics & Consulting Center in Los Altos and Hope’s Corner in Mountain View.

Applications for membership are accepted through Jan. 17.

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

One Warm Scarf needs yarn donations

Los Altos resident Sandy Goldstein seeks knitters, crocheters and donations of yarn to make scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless 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

LA Art Club open to new members

The Los Altos Art Club seeks to expand its membership by reaching local artists in all media categories.

The club meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Grant Park Senior Center, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, visit


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