Community Briefs

Library hosts program on weight-loss hypnosis

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a presentation by hypnotist Eric Rosen, “Hypnotize Yourself Slim,” 7-8 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Rosen’s presentation will cover topics such as how to boost your mood without food, why diets fail and hypnosis works and the power of your mind to direct your body.

The event will include a group hypnosis session.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 948-7683 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lectures highlight Vermeer exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present two illustrated lectures on an exhibition that features Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The lectures explore the exhibition “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis,” which runs Saturday through June 2 at the de Young Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco.

The painting, sometimes referred to as the “Dutch Mona Lisa,” has de- monstrated a powerful cultural impact in the areas of literature and cinema.

For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit

First Friday offers downtown activities

“First Friday” festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1 in downtown Los Altos. “A Valentine’s Sweets Tour” is the theme of the evening, which features a number of activities for visitors of all ages.

First Fridays are organized by Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown.

For more information, visit

A.W.A.K.E. group sets next meeting

The Silicon Valley A.W.A.K.E. group has scheduled a lecture by sleep specialist Mark McMahon, DPT and OMT, 7-8:15 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Mountain View Center, 701 E. El Camino Real, Third Floor, Conference Rooms C and D.

A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well, And Keeping Energetic) is a support group for those with sleep disorders and obstructed breathing problems.

McMahon, a physical therapist with Revolutions in Fitness, will draw on his extensive experience in manual therapy and yoga practice to address the link between breathing and the musculoskeletal treatment/exercise around sleep disorders.

Priscilla Sarinas, M.D., of PAMF will speak briefly from her background as a pulmonary specialist.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 934-7373 or visit

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