Federated Women host Winchester author
The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled author Mary Jo Ignoffo to speak at its Nov. 7 meeting at Michaels at Shoreline, 2970 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.
A business meeting is slated at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m.
Ignoffo, author of “Captive of the Labyrinth: Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune,” has uncovered letters, documents and other materials that demystify the legend of Winchester as a ghost-obsessed spiritualist. Ignoffo, curator of the California History Center at De Anza College, teaches U.S. History at De Anza.
Admission is open, but reservations are required.
For reservations and more information, call Helen Foerster at 948-3553.
Fashion show supports children’s hospital
The Palo Alto Auxiliary for Children has scheduled a series of fashion shows benefiting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Shows are slated 4 and 7 p.m. Nov. 9, and 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
The shows will feature local girls modeling a variety of clothing supplied by the American Girl Company.
Proceeds will support sick children at Packard who are uninsured or underinsured.
For tickets and more information, visit www.paloaltoauxiliary.com.
Los Altos Library offers iPad workshop
The Los Altos Library has scheduled a workshop on the features and use of the Apple iPad 2 p.m. Sunday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Sumit Vishwakarma will provide an introduction to sketching, drawing and painting directly on an iPad using fingers, a stylus and various art applications. Participants can learn the basic digital tools, including the pen, pencil, layers and a variety of brush tools during the interactive presentation.
For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org/losaltos.
‘Night of Laughter’ benefits MVPAL
The Mountain View Police Activities League has scheduled its annual fundraiser, “Night of Laughter,” Thursday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. A pre-show reception is slated 5:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7 p.m.
The event will feature professional stand-up comedians, including master of ceremonies Bob Sarlatte, longtime field voice of the San Francisco 49ers, and a host of veteran comedians from local comedy clubs.
The event, sponsored by the 49ers, will include live and silent auctions and police department displays.
The Mountain View Police Activities League’s mission is to foster mutual understanding between youth and police officers through a nonconfrontational setting to divert them from gangs and criminal activity. To accomplish the goal, the league offers a variety of recreational and leadership opportunities for youth 5-18.
Tickets, $53-$78, are available online at www.mvcpa.com.
For more information, visit www.mvpal.org.
Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display
The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.
According to exhibition organizers, scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. However, through increased human settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s, to be seen now only on the state flag.
The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or all 948-9427.
Avenidas offers series for family caregivers
Avenidas Rose Kleiner Center has scheduled a “‘How To’ Series for Family Caregivers” at the center, 270 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
A session on Parkinson’s disease is slated 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday and a session on palliative care 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 4.
The nonprofit Avenidas offers a day health center for less independent and frail adults as well as an aging-in-place membership program that allows seniors to stay in their homes as they age.
Admission is free. Free onsite care of attendees’ aging loved ones is available with 48-hour notice. Light refreshments will be served.
Los Altos Forward plans First Friday
Los Altos Forward, a grassroots group that promotes downtown vibrancy, has scheduled a First Friday event 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Visitors to downtown Los Altos can shop at stores and visit galleries, many of which will provide discounts and free refreshments. More than 20 restaurants offering cuisine from around the world will be open. Live entertainment will include musical groups along Main and State streets.
A number of merchants plan to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College in honor of Veterans Day.
Schola presents Talisman concerts
The Mountain View-based Schola Cantorum kicks off its 2012-2013 concert season by teaming up with the Stanford University a cappella group Talisman.
Concerts are scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.
The combined choirs will present music from around the world that expresses the universal human longing for home.
Schola Cantorum, celebrating its 49th season, is an auditioned chorus for men and women. Tickets, available online, by phone or at the door, are $25. Students under 25 with ID are free.
For tickets and more information, call 254-1700 or visit www.scholacantorum.org.
Volunteer awards scheduled Dec. 7
The 30th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Dec. 7 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.
The awards recognize volunteers whose service has impacted Los Altos and/or Los Altos Hills.
Tickets, $30 per person, are available online and at the door.
For tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.
For more information, call 941-7222 or 941-1697.
Los Altos Library hosts canning demo
The Los Altos Library has scheduled a home-canning presentation 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Candace Bowers will discuss making jams, jellies, salsas, pickles and more. Topics include food safety, canning supplies, recipes and procedures for canning food that will last a year or more. Attendees will sample finished products that they can learn to make at home.
For more information, call 948-7683.
Library district sponsors children’s art contest
Children in grades K-8 are invited to submit original art to the Santa Clara County Library District’s “We Are America” contest, in support of “Searching for Democracy,” a California Reads program in partnership with Cal Humanities.
Entrants may submit a painting, collage, drawing or photograph no larger than 8.5-by-11 inches. A panel will judge two entries along with a short paragraph on “What Makes America Great?”
To request an entry form or for more information, call 948-7683, ext. 3524.
Turn in artwork and entry forms at the Children’s Desk of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
Bookmobile visits LAH
The Santa Clara County Library District Bookmobile is scheduled to stop in the parking lot at Gardner Bullis School, 25890 W. Fremont Road in Los Altos Hills, 1-2 p.m. every other Friday.
The Bookmobile offers materials to residents who face physical challenges in getting to a library or who don’t live near one. It is stocked with current materials for adults, teens and children, including fiction and nonfiction books in both regular and large print, DVDs, audio books, electronic games, music CDs and magazines. New materials are added daily.
The Bookmobile can be used as a regular pickup location for materials and accepts hold requests.
For more information, call the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department at 947-2518.