Community Briefs, Hanukkah, CSMA holiday concert

Los Altos celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 22

Los Altos Chabad is scheduled to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public menorah-lighting ceremony 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Children will have the opportunity to wear an Oculus Go virtual-reality headset and go back in time to experience the story of Hanukkah, play dreidel, cook latkes and search for the missing oil. The event also will include arts and crafts, candle making, a balloon artist, latkes, doughnuts, hot drinks and live music.

Admission is free and open to all. Attendees are encouraged to bring a candle to light in unity.

To RSVP, become an event sponsor and for more information, call the Chabad at 241-8770 or visit Learn more about local Hanukkah traditions on page 20.

CSMA presents holiday concert

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled its annual Merit Scholars Holiday Concert 5 p.m. Saturday in CSMA’s Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The concert will showcase CSMA’s Merit Scholar performers, ranging in age from 9 to 18. Instruments will include piano, voice, violin, viola, flute, bassoon, trumpet, saxophone, drums and cello, performing classical composers Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Humperdinck. Well-known pieces will include “Laudamus Te” from Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major and “Christmas Time Is Here” by Vince Guaraldi.

CSMA Merit Scholars are awarded scholarships based on commitment, talent and achievement in their music studies.

The concert is part of the 2019 Community Concert Series. Admission is free and open to all. Seating is limited. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. 

For the full Community Concert Series schedule, visit

Women’s chorus seeks new members

The Community Women’s Chorus is open to new members.

The no-audition chorus practices in Palo Alto and sings to senior audiences in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Rehearsals are scheduled noon to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. The next choral season is set to begin Jan. 13.

The Community Women’s Chorus is a fiscally sponsored project of Los Altos Community Foundation.

To join or observe a rehearsal, text or call Diane Walter at (510) 333-9630 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pop-up artisan market returns to Mtn. View

Mountain View’s artisan holiday market, ArtPop, runs through Dec. 22 at 275 Castro St.

The market, returning for the third year, will feature a selection of locally crafted, handmade items, including fashion accessories, jewelry, home decor and holiday decorations.

ArtPop was conceived in 2017 as a way to provide an affordable indoor retail space to artists, artisans and makers during the holiday shopping season.

ArtPop hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 346-5896 or visit

NCL 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.

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.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 17.

To apply and for more information, visit

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