Library hosts talk on English gardens
Author Thomas J. Mickey is scheduled to discuss his book on English gardens 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Mickey’s book, “America’s Romance with the English Garden” (Ohio University Press, 2013), chronicles how the seed and publishing industries collaborated to encourage English garden designs through marketing efforts and color printed catalogs.
Mickey is professor emeritus at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. He attended Boston University, the University of Iowa and the Landscape Institute at Boston Architectural College.
Red Cross blood drive slated Friday
The Red Cross has scheduled a mobile blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in Spooncer Hall at St. Simon Catholic Parish, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos.
For more information and to schedule an appointment, call (800) 733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code MTVIEW84.
Immigrant House social scheduled Sunday
Friends of Immigrant House has scheduled an ice cream social noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Mercy-Bush Park on the corner of Mercy and Bush streets in Mountain View.
The event is designed to promote the effort to preserve Immigrant House, a circa-1880s structure that housed immigrant families in the city’s early days.
“We are focusing on the humble origins of Old Mountain View via the historical 1880s-era Immigrant House, home of laborers who built the city and farmhands who worked in the orchards,” said Mary Kay Marinovich, a descendant of immigrants.
Activities will include live entertainment, raffles, prizes, games and the unveiling of a “Save Immigrant House” song with Mountain View High School student Cindy Ho playing on violin.
Marinovich led efforts to preserve the 400-square-foot house, which faced demolition earlier this year to make way for a new Bryant Street office building. She raised funds to move the house to a temporary location. Mountain View city councilmembers have since approved relocating the structure to a city-purchased property on Rengstorff Avenue.
For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Immigrant-House/463720156983669.
Program addresses Facebook security
The Los Altos Library has scheduled a “Facebook Security Review” 2 p.m. Aug. 27 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
The library’s Nicholas Clayton will review account settings, privacy settings and how to manage updated Facebook settings windows.
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org.
Dance festival begins Monday
The Mountain View-based Lively Foundation has scheduled its second International Dance Festival – Silicon Valley Monday through Aug. 25 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.
The festival, a project of the nonprofit Lively Foundation, includes workshops and performances that showcase dancers, choreographers and teachers in an effort to broaden residents’ exposure to dance and expand interest in and enjoyment of dance.
Downtown features Friday-night movie
The Los Altos Village Association’s “Friday Movie Nights” features a screening of “Back to the Future” 8:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.
For more information, visit www.downtownlosaltos.org.