Pop-up artisan market returns to Mtn. View

Mountain View’s artisan holiday market, ArtPop, opens Friday and runs through Dec. 22 at 275 Castro St.

The market, returning for the third year, will feature a selection of locally crafted, handmade items, including fashion accessories, jewelry, home decor and holiday decorations.

CSA annual Holiday Sharing Program reflects changing needs of clients

The Mountain View-based Community Services Agency’s annual Holiday Sharing Program continues to evolve.

This year’s event – scheduled Dec. 14 and 15 – will focus on providing families with gift cards so that they can purchase items for their children. All clients will receive the traditional food bag with items for preparing holiday meals.

Los Altos celebrates Hanukkah Dec. 22

Los Altos Chabad is scheduled to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public menorah-lighting ceremony 5 p.m. Dec. 22 at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Children will have the opportunity to wear an Oculus Go virtual-reality headset and go back in time to experience the story of Hanukkah, play dreidel, cook latkes and search for the missing oil. The event also will include arts and crafts, candle making, a balloon artist, latkes, donuts, hot drinks and live music.

Community Briefs: World Affairs, Chef Chu's milestone

World Affairs covers erosion of democracies

Stanford University Professor Anna Grzymala-Busse will discuss the “Erosion of New Democracies in Europe” at the Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs meeting scheduled 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Grzymala-Busse will review the rise of illiberal political parties that govern in Poland and Hungary. The countries were leaders of reforms after the collapse of communism in 1989, the first to embrace democracy and pursue free-market reforms, yet over the past decade, voters in Poland and Hungary elected governments that have attacked liberal democracy. Grzymala-Busse will explore what happened, examining the roots and consequences of the erosion of democracy in the new democracies of Europe, and why they have taken such a path.

Save the Date – Week of Nov. 27

Dec. 6

Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, 6 p.m. at Veterans Community Plaza, corner of Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

Dec. 8

Los Altos Hills Holiday Barn Lighting, 2-5 p.m. at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills. The barn lights up at 5 p.m. Information: 947-2518.

Morning Forum lectures cover Russia, gardens

The 70th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is underway.

Founded in Los Altos in 1950, the Morning Forum boasts 450 local members.

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