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Coalition covers FHDA ballot measures

The Los Altos Community Coalition is scheduled to host a presentation on the two Foothill-De Anza Community College District measures on the March 3 ballot 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Peter Landsberger, vice president of the Foothill-De Anza district board of trustees, and Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen will discuss measures G and H, aimed at supporting Foothill and De Anza colleges in their continuing efforts to offer students the broad science, technology, general education and vocational opportunities they need to be prepared for four-year universities and careers.

Community Briefs – garden club, AAUW

LA Garden Club spotlights area birds

The Garden Club of Los Altos is scheduled to meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave.

Guest speakers Matthew Dodder and Mike Azevedo from the Audubon Society will discuss “Our Local Birds – Their Habits and Habitats.” Their presentation will cover birds in the area and what residents can do to attract them.

First Friday Committee hosts annual fundraiser

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Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
The First Friday Fundraising Committee – from left, Carol Garsten, Donna Drako, Grail Nitsch, Jamie Lucia and Sharon Storms – is set to host a fundraiser Sunday at Nature Gallery.

The First Friday Committee has scheduled its annual fundraiser 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Nature Gallery, 296 State St.

The “Fun First Friday Fan” event will feature wine tasting, live music, tapas, a silent auction and the premiere of First Friday promotional videos.

Museum presents photography of J. Gilbert Smith

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
This J. Gilbert Smith photo from 1915 captures Yosemite Falls. Smith’s photos of nature from various trips are the focus of a new Los Altos History Museum exhibition. 

Before the dramatic black-and-white photography of Ansel Adams, local orchardist and avid photographer J. Gilbert Smith was inspired by scenes of the West. He took his camera along on trips to Yosemite, Big Sur and the Santa Cruz Mountains, capturing a love of nature.

His photographs of the natural world, and of Los Altos in days gone by, are the subject of a new exhibition, “The Photography of J. Gilbert Smith,” slated for display Thursday through May 24 in the Los Altos History Museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

Acclaimed vocalist leads jazz trio Sunday


Jazz/multilingual vocalist Jackie Ryan is scheduled to perform with pianist Larry Vuckovich and bassist Jeff Chambers 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Wunderman House, 655 Eunice Ave., Mountain View.

Ryan first appeared at the Wunderman House – a former speakeasy that is now a residential home with acoustics conducive to live performances – last March, and the show sold out.

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.

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