Beth Am support group to meet

Congregation Beth Am is scheduled to host a Beit R’fuah support group, potluck and discussion 6:15 p.m. Dec. 11 in Room Beit Kehillah at Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills.

Organizers said the event allows participants to talk freely and confidentially about dealing with depression or bipolar disorder in “a safe and loving environment.”

Chef Chu's fundraiser celebrates 50 years


Fifty years ago, Lawrence Chu opened a small eatery in a converted laundromat in Los Altos, offering Chinese takeout. The restaurant evolved into the renowned Chef Chu’s, which now serves more than 500 customers daily, including celebrities, heads of state, dignitaries and local sports heroes, and serves to-go meals for 500 more.

The acclaimed chef attributes a large part of his success to the community, and in the spirit of gratitude, he plans to give back through a fundraising banquet Feb. 9, with all proceeds benefiting the Los Altos History Museum.

Community Briefs, Festival of Lights, volunteer service awards luncheon

Festival of Lights set to dazzle Dec. 1

The 42nd annual Festival of Lights Parade is set to usher in a new holiday season Dec. 1 with illuminated floats and costumed characters strolling through downtown Los Altos.

Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., the parade also will feature an array of bands and dance groups among its 60 entrants and 1,500 participants.

YMCA's Wellness Series continues today with talk on maternal health


The El Camino YMCA is set to present the second talk in its new Wellness Series – a free, discussion-based workshop on community and family wellness – 7 p.m. today in Mountain View.

Community Briefs – Week of Nov. 13

Museum rings in holidays with ‘Spirit’

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual “Catch the Spirit” holiday celebration noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include live music, refreshments and gift boutiques for shoppers. Visitors may tour the J. Gilbert Smith House, decorated for a historical 1930s Christmas, and enjoy home-baked treats on the porch as Carole Cameron plays Christmas music on the piano at 1 p.m. Shoppers will have the first opportunity to purchase items at a holiday boutique that runs through December.

Emergency preparedness projects showcased

Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Appreciation Night is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include displays showcasing projects funded by the city of Los Altos’ 2018-2019 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program.

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