Community Briefs, women's chorus, pop-up market

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 to 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 open through Sunday

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

The market, in its third year, features 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 local artists, artisans and makers during the holiday shopping season. By bringing together creative people of various backgrounds, ages and mediums, its mission is to foster a sense of community both among the artisans and between the artisans and the surrounding neighborhood through charitable initiatives – while helping to eliminate the visual blight of a vacant and unused storefront.

Among the new vendors is award-winning author Kim Collins, whose books and kits aim to empower young girls to be bold. Returning artists include Ally Spray, a Mountain View High School student whose artwork has been silkscreened onto tote bags, mugs and other items.

Once again, ArtPop plans to involve the local community in its outreach, with a fundraiser for Hope’s Corner, a downtown Mountain View organization that provides meals, shelter and other support to the region’s growing homeless population, slated Saturday.

ArtPop hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit

Course helps residents become ‘LEAD’-ers

Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education and Advancement (LEAD) program, designed to provide an in-depth introduction for residents and business owners interested in making a difference in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

In the 10 interactive classes, participants will learn about the municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital and business organizations that drive the local community, and meet their leaders. Since the inception of the course in 1995, many of the 450-plus LEAD graduates have run for and/or served on the city council, school board, commissions or nonprofit boards, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.

The 2020 LEAD class is scheduled to begin in early January and run through May. Classes are typically held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays; the first class is a half-day Saturday workshop that includes lunch.

Cost to participate is $150. Class size is limited.

To view the 2020 LEAD schedule, visit

To apply and for more information, call 949-5908 or email Gema Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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