Community Briefs, 'The Force' at library, benefit for vets

‘The Force’ takes hold of main library Sunday

The Los Altos main library is scheduled to host a free “Star Wars” movie marathon 10:15 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Sunday.

The four-movie marathon includes “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (10:15 a.m.), “A New Hope” (12:25 p.m.), “The Empire Strikes Back” (2:35 p.m.) and “Return of the Jedi” (4:40 p.m.).

After the first two movies, there will be a quiz for “Star Wars”-related prizes.

Library supervisor Cynthia Wilson said this is the first “Star Wars” marathon the library has hosted, and she hopes to hold more of them.

Attendees are encouraged to dress up as their favorite “Star Wars” character.

The library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

Jewelry store hosts benefit for local vets

Smythe & Cross Fine Jewelry in downtown Los Altos is scheduled to host a special shopping event Friday to support the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.

The store will donate 25% of all purchases made on Friday to the new Veterans Housing Assistance Program, an initiative that provides veterans’ funding for housing expenses while attending Foothill.

The shopping event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Smythe & Cross, 350 Main St. A collection box will be available for those interested in making a donation.

“We are so very thankful for our veterans, and for their service to our country,” said Khatchig Jingirian, president of Smythe & Cross. “It’s our hope that this event will provide some much-needed housing assistance. I hope it will serve as a small token of appreciation for all they have sacrificed for us.”

For more information on the sale, call 383-5426 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information on the Veterans Housing Assistance Program, call Ron Labetich at 465-4022 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteer awards luncheon set for Friday

Tickets are on sale for the 36th annual Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards luncheon, scheduled 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

The cities have bestowed the awards since 1983 to honor individuals and groups that have volunteered their time to serve the communities.

Over the past 36 years, nearly 400 individuals and groups have received awards.

A 12-member committee comprising six representatives from each city selected the winners from nominees recommended by local nonprofit organizations.

This year’s honorees and the organizations that nominated them:

• Andy Danver – Sons In Retirement

• Ray Piontek – Sons In Retirement

• Sharleen Thorson – Friends of the Library of Los Altos

• Sue Marrion – St. Simon Catholic Parish

• Mark Vasser – Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League

• Lindsay Carpenter – Rotary Club of Los Altos

Tickets are $35.

For tickets and more information, visit

World Affairs talk covers erosion of democracies

Stanford University Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse will discuss the “Erosion of New Democracies in Europe” at the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs meeting scheduled 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.

Grzymala-Busse will review the rise of illiberal political parties that govern in Poland and Hungary. The countries were leaders of reforms after the collapse of communism in 1989, the first to embrace democracy and to pursue free-market reforms, yet in the past decade, voters in Poland and Hungary elected governments that have attacked liberal democracy.

Grzymala-Busse will explore what happened, examining the roots and consequences of the erosion of democracy in the new democracies of Europe, and why they have taken such a path.

The Los Altos Library is co-sponsor of the event.

To volunteer to help setting up chairs and tables, and for more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

League welcomes new 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.

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.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 17.

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

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