Community Briefs - week of Nov. 7

Local resident hosts ALS fundraiser

Los Altos businessman Robert Hammer is serving as event chairman for “Champions for a Care and a Cure,” a fundraiser for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

The event, featuring a gourmet dinner, entertainment, wine tasting and an auction, is scheduled 6 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco.

Live music, store promotions highlight upcoming First Friday

November’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Monthly First Fridays feature live entertainment, extended store hours, promotions, discounts on merchandise and services, restaurant happy hours, artist receptions and children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Community Briefs - Week of Oct. 31

East West Bookshop hosts author Finley

Self-help author and spiritual teacher Guy Finley is scheduled to appear 7:30-9 p.m. Nov. 8 at East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View.

Finley – author of the best-selling “The Secret of Letting Go” – will discuss his latest book, “Relationship Magic: Waking Up Together” (Llewellyn, 2018), answer questions and sign copies of his books.

'Floating' an idea

The Winnie the Pooh-themed characters walking in the annual downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade will have their own float this time around. The Piercey family, pictured above with friends, will be walking with the new float, at top and above, which depicts a scene from Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. The float was designed by Piercey family patriarch, Chuck, an engineer by trade. The entire family worked on the float construction. “It looks just like our professionally done ones,” marveled longtime parade organizer Nancy Schneider. “It is amazing.”

This year’s parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 25 along Main and State streets. For more information, visit

Community Briefs: Week of Oct. 24

History Museum presents ‘Superstitions’ display

The Los Altos History Museum exhibition “Superstitions” is scheduled to run through Nov. 4 in the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Attendees will experience a Victorian-era house in mourning, learn how death influenced life and discover where many folk beliefs about bad luck and death originated.

51st Celebrity Forum Speaker Series kicks off Thursday with Rick Steves


Famed travel author Rick Steves is scheduled to kick off the 51st season of the Foothill College Celebrity Forum speaker series with two appearances set for Thursday and Friday.

All Celebrity Forum programs are scheduled 8 p.m. at Flint Center on the De Anza College campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

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