Community Briefs: Disaster response, Australia fire relief

Coalition addresses disaster response

Los Altos City Manager Chris Jordan and Ann Hepenstal, the city’s emergency preparedness coordinator, are scheduled to lead a discussion on the city’s emergency plans and preparations at a Los Altos Community Coalition meeting 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The meeting will address what local residents can expect when the next earthquake or wildfire occurs.

The Los Altos Community Coalition promotes good city planning, good government and civil discourse through education and conversation about future trends, policy proposals and best practices. Coalition meetings, free and open to all, are scheduled the first and third Friday of every month at the Los Altos main library.

For more information, visit or search for “Los Altos Community Coalition” on Facebook.

Local runners support Australia fire relief

The local running club Los Altos Runners is scheduled to participate in Relief Run, a global effort to support victims of the Australian wildfires, starting 7 a.m. Saturday at A Runner’s Mind, 378 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The club plans 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs over the course of the day.

All registration fees and contributions will be donated directly to the Australian Red Cross.

To register and for more information, visit

Schola’s sing-along features showtunes

Schola Cantorum has scheduled a community sing-along 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Titled “My Favorite Things: The Songwriting Genius of Richard Rodgers,” the music-making social event will include hits from such Broadway shows as “The Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma!”

Among other selections, participating singers can belt out “My Funny Valentine” and “Mountain Greenery” from the Rodgers and Hart years and “My Favorite Things” and “People Will Say We’re in Love” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein collaborations.

Dawn Reyen, Schola’s assistant director, will lead the sing-along and accompany on the piano. Lyrics will be projected on a large screen.

Admission is $15.

For tickets and more information, visit

Residents perform benefit for LightHouse

Los Altos father and daughter Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “Magic To Do: Broadway in the 1970s,” their 18th annual benefit concert for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Accompanying the Gills will be pianist and former Los Altos resident Linda Jordan and Menlo School alumni and Bay Area director and actor Alex Perez.

The program will include selections from “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Company,” “Chorus Line” and many more Broadway shows.

A donation of $20 is requested. Seating is first come, first seated.

For more information, call Steve or Nancy Gill at 948-4648 or email [email protected]

Quake exhibition closes Sunday

The Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” set to close Sunday.

The exhibition highlights the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future.

For more information, visit


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