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First Friday festivities salute holiday season

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive downtown for the holiday-themed First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The event will include the lighting of the 18-foot holiday tree in Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets. The Bullis Charter School choir and the Mountain View High School Madrigals will perform in the plaza.

Mentor Tutor Connection fosters college aspirations in students

Courtesy of Mentor Tutor Connection
Mentor Tutor Connection’s Elizabeth Maciag, a tutor at Santa Rita School, receives a group hug from second-graders she tutored last year.

• Mission: Mentor Tutor Connection aims to help build brighter futures for youth in Mountain View and Los Altos through tutoring and mentoring programs that improve social and academic life skills.

• 2017 update: In an effort to strengthen its relationship with the local middle schools it serves, MTC hired Christy Flahavan as its first middle school coordinator. On the job since August, she has “done a great job” infusing more energy into the tutoring programs at the four schools, according to Linda Eckols, MTC board member, programs chairwoman and elementary placement coordinator.

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Foothills Congregational hosts Jazz Service

Foothills Congregational Church has scheduled a Jazz Service 10-11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The Jazz Service is shaped around Old Testament themes common in African-American spirituals (the Exodus, the Suffering Servant and God as Creator). Each theme will be briefly introduced, then illustrated through music or reading from the poetry of James Weldon Johnson.

Schola Cantorum hosts holiday events

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled two holiday events, both at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

• 3 p.m. Dec. 17: The choir will perform a holiday concert, “Warmest Christmas Traditions,” featuring seasonal favorites such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night,” as well as a Conrad Susa medley of carols and a Rachmaninoff setting of “Ave Maria.” The family-friendly performance will include an audience sing-along and a surprise visit at concert’s end.

WomenSV raises awareness, empowers victims of domestic abuse

Courtesy of Ruth Patrick
WomenSV supporters include, from left, Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow, founder Ruth Patrick, and Pamela and Ed Taft. The photo was taken at the nonprofit organization’s Sept. 28 auction and fundraiser at Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

• Mission: WomenSV aims to raise awareness about domestic violence in the professional community; empower victims of affluent abusers through education, advocacy and connection to resources; and promote the right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own home.

• 2017 update: In the first 10 months of 2017, WomenSV served 150 women and two men, according to founder Ruth Patrick. Of those served, 31 percent were from Los Altos or Los Altos Hills residents, 36 percent were from other parts of Santa Clara County, 17 percent were from San Mateo County and 17 percent were from outside the local area, including other states.

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BAT offers training session

Block Action Team (BAT) leaders and the emergency readiness group Los Altos PREPARE have scheduled a BAT training session 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

During training, participants will learn how they can improve their neighborhood’s emergency preparedness skills and the ability to respond to and recover from a major disaster like an earthquake. The sessions will offer tips on providing city leaders with crucial information that will aid first responders, implementing crime prevention and safety measures, and promoting social interaction through block parties.

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