'Sale' into 2020 at First Friday around downtown Los Altos

First Friday festivities for 2020 are set to kick off 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos with the theme “Sale into the New Year.”

Stores will remain open late for evening shopping, and many will offer holiday sales and promotions. Bands will perform at various storefronts along Main and State streets, and Veterans Community Plaza at the corner of Main and State will feature a Kids Corner and dancing. Art galleries are scheduled to host artist receptions and open houses, and restaurants will serve First Friday dining and drink specials.

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Ride the Big Shaker at Los Altos museum

The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the Big Shaker, is scheduled to roll into the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 11, weather permitting.

The event, “Be Prepared for the Big One,” will enable visitors to experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what could happen inside their homes if contents are unsecured. The Big Shaker aims to give people a sense of what to expect if, or when, the real thing comes along.

Los Altans of Year event set for Jan. 14

A dinner and program honoring 2019 Los Altans of the Year Ed and Pamela Taft is scheduled 6 p.m. Jan. 14 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

The Los Altos Hills residents have made a major impact locally, nationally and internationally, giving their time and money to a multitude of good causes.

Los Altos native James Lanman performs holiday songs at Filoli

Singer-songwriter James Lanman, a Los Altos native, has taken up residency at the historical Filoli estate for the holidays.

In his two-hour concerts, Lanman performs in the grand ballroom, showcasing songs from his new Christmas album, “Merry Christmas Darling,” as well as a mix of jazz standards and original music.

Community Briefs, Loma Prieta, LEAD-ers

Women’s chorus seeks new members

The Community Women’s Chorus is open to new members.

The no-audition chorus practices in Palo Alto and sings to senior audiences in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Aurora Singers get 'Hip' for holidays

The 70-member Aurora Singers choir, which includes Los Altos area members, is scheduled to perform the concert “Hip! Hip! Holidays” 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Road.

The family-friendly program will feature songs by Elvis Pres- ley and Dave Brubeck and will include the selections “Big Band Santa” and “Boogie Woogie Hanukkah.”

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