Lectures highlight Impressionist exhibition
Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present illustrated lectures on “Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art” 7:30 p.m. today and April 9 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
The exhibition of the same name runs through Aug. 9 at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
For more information on the exhibition, visit legionofhonor.famsf.org/legion/exhibitions/intimate-impressionism-national-gallery.
For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/los altos.
Union Presbyterian hosts Community Nights
Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos opens its doors to local residents on Community Nights, scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, beginning today.
During the events, the church’s library, social hall and meeting rooms will be available for use. Grassroots committees and informal interest groups are invited to meet on campus in the hope that those interested in community service will meet to brainstorm and plan project ideas or people with specific knowledge or talents to share will find a like-minded audience. Individuals are also welcome to relax, read, do homework, chat or play games.
Beverages and snacks will be served.
A weekly Christian youth program for grades 6-12 is offered at the same time. Children and teens are also welcome to participate in the monthly Community Nights with adult supervision.
Union Presbyterian Church is located at 858 University Ave.
For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.
Race benefits Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County has scheduled the Inaugural Spring for Life 5K/10K fundraiser Saturday at the Microsoft Campus, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View.
Race-day registration and check-in will begin at 6:30 a.m., with the 10K timed run starting at 8 a.m. and the 5K timed Run/Walk/Stroll at 8:30 a.m. All 10K and 5K participants must pick up their timing chips before the races start. The Children’s Run will kick off at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Awards Presentation.
Pre-registration fees for the 5K and 10K are $40, $15 for the Children’s Race.
To register, visit onyourmarkevents.com/Applications/SpringForward2014final.pdf.
Library presents cultural events
The Los Altos Library has scheduled two cultural events.
• Chamber Music by the Bay is slated to perform a family-friendly concert, “What’s Up, Papa Haydn?” 7 p.m. Thursday at the main library.
The group will introduce a variety of musical instruments to children and allow them to try out them out.
• Western Ballet is set to perform selections from the ballet “La Fille Mal Gardée” 7 p.m. April 10 at the main library.
The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road.
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/los altos.
Hidden Villa forum addresses food availability
Hidden Villa has scheduled “Bridges of Bread: Building an Equitable, Connected Food Community,” a panel discussion on relocalizing agriculture and making more healthful food available to all, 2-4 p.m. April 12 at the preserve, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Forum panelists will include Cathrine Sneed, director of The Garden Project; Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center; Robin Galas, assistant director of the Family Engagement Institute at Foothill College; and Jason McKenney, agriculture manager at Hidden Villa Farm. Jessica Prentice, author of “Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection,” will moderate the discussion.
“Bridges of Bread” is Hidden Villa’s 2014 Duveneck Forum, which serves as a platform for bringing people together and focusing on issues of justice.
Admission is free, though registration is requested.
To register and for more information, call 949-6326 or visit hiddenvilla.org/programs/public-programs/duveneck-forum.
Child Advocates sponsors fundraiser
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley has scheduled the fundraiser “Star Chefs and Wines (and Spirits!) They Love” 4:30-8:30 p.m. April 13 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
Executive chef Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ in Mountain View will join 14 other Bay Area chefs and local wineries in creating small plates and beverage pairings.
The event will include live and silent auctions and an opportunity to hear from a family and children who have benefited from the support of the nonprofit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.
Tickets are $150.
World Affairs Council discusses journalism
The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter has scheduled a panel discussion, “Meet the International Press: Balancing Journalism in Developing Regions,” 7:30-9 p.m. April 16 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.
A panel of international journalists from the John S. Knight Fellows Program at Stanford University will discuss the challenges of balanced reporting in developing regions in conflict and with emerging and established voices in Peshawar, Pakistan; Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar (Burma); and East Africa.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 7 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
For more information, call 941-8190 or 948-7683 or visit worldaffairs.org.
Los Altos Hills sponsors Hoppin’ Hounds Hunt
The city of Los Altos Hills has scheduled its 11th annual Hoppin’ Hounds Easter Biscuit Hunt 9 a.m. April 19 at Byrne Preserve, adjacent to Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road.
The event welcomes dogs on-leash, who search for biscuits in the preserve.
A $5 donation is recommended. Proceeds will benefit Palo Alto Animal Services.
Registration open for Duveneck Dash
Hidden Villa’s inaugural Duveneck Dash is scheduled 9 a.m. April 19 at the preserve, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills.
Organized to honor the legacy of Hidden Villa founders Josephine and Frank Duveneck, the noncompetitive event is open to participants of all ages. A 5K run is set for 9 a.m., a 10K run will begin 9:45 a.m. and a continuous walking loop around Steinman’s Pasture is slated at 10 a.m.
Proceeds from the Duveneck Dash will support scholarships for low-income youth attending Hidden Villa’s summer camps. Approximately 50 percent of campers in 2013 received scholarships. Hidden Villa anticipates hosting nearly 1,300 youth this summer.
Registration for the Duveneck Dash is $20 per person for the running events, $10 per person for the walk. Additional donations are welcome.
For more information, visit hiddenvilla.org.
Los Altos Live! slated April 26
Los Altos Live!, the sixth annual talent show featuring local performers, is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 26 at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.
The show, sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association, will feature more than 75 performers in 20 different acts, ranging from dancers to jugglers, martial artists, singers and musicians.
Tickets are $20 adult, $10 student. Tickets are available at the Town Crier, 138 Main St.; Main Street Cafe, 134 Main St.; and Los Altos High School. They can also be purchased online at http://losaltoslive2014.eventbrite.com .
Proceeds from the event enable Los Altos High students to attend Camp Everytown, a leadership development program with core values that promote nonviolent campus communities.
Workshops aim to help potential candidates
Los Altos residents interested in running for city council in November are invited to attend candidate orientation workshops designed to provide information and insight on the challenges of campaigning and what to expect in office.
The free workshops are scheduled 9-11 a.m. at the Los Altos Town Crier, 138 Main St.
The orientation is divided into three parts: “Preparing to Run,” dealing with understanding the level of commitment, held last month; “Running a Campaign,” involving filing requirements and ethics, April 26; and “Serving the City,” focused on city governance and key issues, May 3.
Past and present Los Altos civic leaders and volunteers will contribute to the discussion.
Library offers Storytelling Workshop
Retired children’s librarian Enid Davis is scheduled to present a Storytelling Workshop 4 p.m. April 27 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Davis, a Los Altos resident with more than 30 years of experience as a storyteller with Harker School and the Santa Clara County Library District, will teach how to find a story to tell, how to learn the story and how to involve an audience.
The workshop is designed for adults and children grade 2 and up who want to learn more about the importance of stories and perpetuate the art of telling them within their circle of family and friends.
The workshop is part of the Los Altos Library’s “Save the Ugly Duckling Project: Keep the Art of Oral Storytelling in Los Altos.”
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.