Community Briefs: First Friday, Hills Pathway Run

Next First Friday scheduled May 7

The May First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. May 7 in downtown Los Altos, will feature the theme “Dancing in the Streets.”

Highlights will include a dance performance by the Mountain View High School Spartan Dance Club at Veterans Community Plaza, followed by live music all around downtown by a variety of bands.

The monthly events, which aim to draw visitors to downtown restaurants and shops, feature entertainment, special promotions and themed games and activities.

Organizers held their first in-person event in more than a year April 2, which attracted a large crowd.

For more information on First Fridays, email co-organizers Jamie Lucia at [email protected] and Carol Garsten at c[email protected], or visit

Hills Pathways Run also goes to the dogs

Starting Saturday, Los Altos Hills residents are invited to participate in the town’s Pathways Run/Walk, a scaled-back and free affair due to the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Interested parties are encouraged to complete marked 1-mile, 5K and 10K routes on their own time with groups limited to members of the same family, including dogs. They may make use of the official race start/finish banner and route guides through May 9.

For more information, visit The form for registering times includes a field for describing participating dogs.

Theater Working Group seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a New Theater Working Group to make proposals to the city council about the feasibility of building a new theater on city property in the downtown area or on the civic center campus.
Vicki Reeder, board president of Los Altos Stage Company, is serving as chairperson of the group and seeks volunteers to join the effort. She hopes to convene the group by Zoom in early May. Two 90-minute meetings per month are proposed. Meetings are expected to be virtual.
To apply, email Reeder at [email protected]

‘Speaking Volumes’ talk available online

The Los Altos Library Endowment’s annual “Speaking Volumes” series featured a virtual appearance by award-winning author Bo Caldwell April 7.

Caldwell’s talk, “Why I Write,” is available for online viewing. With the theme of connecting, Caldwell related how highlights in her life as well as personal tragedies have connected her to her writing.

She is the author of two best-selling novels, “The Distant Land of My Father” and “City of Tranquil Light,” and is in the process of writing her third.
To watch the video of Caldwell’s appearance, visit

History Museum expands reopening

The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” is on display through July 11.

The museum has reopened its Upper Gallery and train diorama, and expanded open hours to noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. COVID protocols are in place to ensure patrons’ safety.

The museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

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