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Art swap, picnic set for Sunday

An art swap and potluck picnic is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Oaks Park in Los Altos.

The event, sponsored by Silicon Valley Open Studios, encourages visitors to bring arts and crafts supplies to sell, buy, trade or donate. Do not bring finished artwork. Guests also should bring a potluck dish to share and a blanket or table.

Heritage Oaks Park is located at the corner of Portland and Miramonte avenues. For more information, email Cathy Zander at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Library explores world of Jane Austen

The Los Altos main library is slated to host an illustrated lecture by docent Kathryn Zupsic on “The World of Jane Austen: British Art/Culture in her World.”

Austen lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, considered the Golden Age of British painting. Portrait artists Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough depicted the ladies, gentlemen and officers of Austen’s day. Zupsic offers a perspective of the author’s world illuminating her life, her novels and the times in which she lived.

The event is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the program room at the library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

Electric Vehicles lead the parade

Start your Teslas!

Software company SAP and the Electric Auto Association of Silicon Valley (EAASV) are sponsoring an official Guinness World Record attempt Sept. 20 to beat the world record for the “Largest Number of Electric Vehicles in a Parade.” Local electric vehicle drivers are invited to participate. The number to beat is 481 EVs, established in Stuttgart, Germany.

Event organizers are hoping to get 500 EVs in the grand procession, scheduled 10 a.m. at De Anza College in Cupertino.

Participants should arrive between 7 and 8 a.m. The event may run as long as noon – it’s likely to take a minimum of two hours to complete the parade and officiate the record.

The first 500 people who arrive on time will receive a free T-shirt denoting the World Record. Stickers and decals will be available for purchase with the same imagery.

Only 100-percent-electric vehicles qualify.

De Anza College is located at 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. Enter from Parking Lot A, which faces Stevens Creek. To register and for more information, visit

Beatlemania invades ‘Rock Back the Clock’

Rancho Shopping Center’s annual “Rock Back the Clock” celebrates “Beatlemania” at this year’s event, scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday.

The dinner and dance event is a fundraiser for the annual Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Nov. 30 on Main and State streets downtown.

The family event will include local DJ Rens Boorsma of Sound Trax playing classic Beatles hits, gourmet food trucks and beverages.

Attendees will have opportunities to win prizes for dance and costume contests, and there will be a “Moptop Sing-off” performance by winners of a Facebook Beatles singing contest.

Event organizers invite entrants to post videos of their best impersonations of the Fab Four at the Rancho Shopping Center Facebook page at

Admission is $5. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Rancho Shopping Center is located at the corner of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

For more information about the event, visit

AAUW kicks off membership year

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.

Several middle-school girls will discuss their experiences this summer at the Tech Trek Grace Hopper Science Camp at Stanford University. Scholarships provided by the local branch in partnership with the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs enabled girls to attend the Tech Trek camp.

Bettina Chen will serve as the meeting’s keynote speaker. She graduated from Stanford Unversity’s engineering department and co-founded Roominate Toys, focused on creating toys that appeal to girls and encourage them to develop skills in math, design and engineering.

To RSVP and for more information, call Lorraine Coccaro at 567-9354 or visit

CSA honors ‘Heroes’ at annual breakfast

The Community Services Agency’s 2014 “Hometown Heroes” breakfast and fundraising event is scheduled 7:15 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., in Mountain View.

“Hometown Heroes” honors individuals and businesses for their philanthropic contributions to both CSA and the local community. The nonprofit CSA provides a social-service safety net for Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press national writer Martha Mendoza will serve as guest speaker at the event. Mendoza has reported on the income disparity in Silicon Valley and the plight of homeless individuals and families.

This year’s honorees include former California State Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s YIPEE (Young Innovative Professional Entrepreneurs, Etc.) program and Google Inc.

Individual tickets for the breakfast are $45. For reservations, sponsorships and more information, call Jim Boin at 968-0836, ext. 115, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Packard daughters headline history talk

In its continuing program of public events recognizing the heritage of Los Altos Hills, the Los Altos Hills History Committee has scheduled a presentation by Susan Packard Orr and Julie Packard, daughters of Lucile and David Packard, 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 21 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The siblings, who grew up in Los Altos Hills, will share their memories of growing up in town. They will discuss their current work, local projects, research and care of the environment and its worldwide effect.

To reserve a seat at the presentation, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

El Camino YMCA marks 25th anniversary

The El Camino YMCA has scheduled a 25th anniversary celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View.

The event will include a barbecue picnic, cake, live entertainment, bounce houses and games and activities for families.

Located at 2400 Grant Road adjacent to El Camino Hospital, the El Camino Y opened in 1989. The current 64,000-square-foot facility was built in two phases, with the second phase completed in 2001.

The El Camino Y serves more than 14,000 members annually with approximately 350 full- and part-time staff and 250 volunteers.

For more information, visit

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