SPARC hosts Christmas party
Members of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) have scheduled their annual Christmas party Dec. 19 at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.
The event includes dinner and dancing to the music of Linda Mankin and Les Sophisticats.
Festivities begin with a 6 p.m. social hour, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to bring canned goods for charity.
Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers ($35 if 2013 dues are paid by the night of the party). SPARC’s annual dues are $50 per individual, $75 per family.
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, today seen 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 call 948-9427.
Volunteer awards scheduled Friday
The 30th Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Friday 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 online tickets, visit www.jointvolunteerawards.com.
For more information, call 941-7222 or 941-1697.
LEAD classes begin in January
The Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education ADvancement Program (LEAD), which provides an in-depth introduction to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
The foundation developed the course in 1996 to provide information about the community and to encourage new and enhanced personal involvement.
The 2013 course opens with a half-day workshop 1 p.m. Jan. 26, followed by sessions scheduled twice a month – 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, February through June.
Since its inception, approximately 300 participants have graduated from the course, nicknamed “Los Altos 101.” Many have used the experience to become elected officials, nonprofit board members or more committed volunteers.
The LEAD program facilitates dialogue between community leaders and participants in a setting designed to foster camaraderie, allow time for everyone to be involved and ask questions, and provide a forum wherein candid discussions about objectives and challenges can occur.
Each session has a focused agenda. Topics include local government, commerce, education, the Los Altos Library, Foothill College, health care, the arts and community service organizations.
Cost is $125.
SAy Hi helps local seniors
The SAy Hi Support Group offers assistance to seniors living in San Antonio Hills, the unincorporated area near Los Altos.
Volunteers provide free rides (within a 20-minute drive, with 24 hours’ notice) to destinations such as El Camino and Kaiser hospitals; beauty salons and barber shops; Rancho, Loyola Corners, downtown and local shopping centers; and religious services.
SAy Hi members meet 4 p.m. the third Monday of every month at First Republic Bank, 400 S. San Antonio Road, in Los Altos.
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 selections 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.
LDS Church schedules nativity display
More than 350 nativity sets from around the world are scheduled for display noon to 9 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Admission is free and open to the public.