French Fair Bay Area benefits Mentor Tutor Connection

The French Fair Bay Area, the largest regional event devoted to French culture, food and fashion, is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will support the Los Altos-based nonprofit Mentor Tutor Connection, which trains and places adult mentors and tutors at local schools.

Los Altos History Museum offers two orchard-related activities Saturday

The Los Altos History Museum expands its programming to the Los Altos Heritage Orchard with two activities celebrating the end of pruning season, both scheduled Saturday.

“This is one of three remaining heritage orchards in the area,” said Jane Packard, chairwoman of the museum’s Orchard Commons Committee. “These two programs are an opportunity to keep alive the stories of those who walked the orchards.”

Water safety workshop set for tonight

In recognition of National Imagine a Day Without Water, the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a Water Safety and Reliability Workshop 7-8:30 p.m. today at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Offered in partnership with the city of Los Altos and California Water Service Co., the workshop is part of the emergency preparedness exhibition at the museum, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through Jan. 19.

Community Briefs, fine arts talk

Los Altos main library hosts fine-arts talk

Fine-arts docent Ellen Harden is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “James Tissot: Fashion and Faith,” the current exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683.

Schola Cantorum sings works of Duke Ellington this weekend

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley opens its 56th season this weekend with two “Schola Swings” concerts, presentations of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, accompanied by Daddios Big Band.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Villa Siena Auxiliary Holiday Boutique set for November

Villa Siena Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser is slated 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Villa Siena Senior Living Community, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Items for sale include Christmas decorations, baked goods, jewelry, raffle prizes and knitting and crocheting handcrafted by the auxiliary and residents of Villa Siena. All proceeds support the residents of Villa Siena.

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