Save the Date: Week of July 18


City of Los Altos Summer Concert Series, featuring Phil ’n The Blanks, 6:30-8 p.m. at Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos. Information:


Family Arts Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. Admission is free. Information:

Bouquets from Blossom Buddies help patients 'feel so much better'

Courtesy of Sheela Veerina
Blossom Buddies participants create and deliver bouquets to patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

Volunteer Robin Bantz will probably never forget the reaction of a woman at Stanford Hospital to whom she delivered flowers. The woman burst into tears at the sight of the colorful bouquet.

“I’m so grateful that you are here today, and you’ve really made my week because I haven’t seen anyone this week,” said Bantz, recalling the conversation. “I haven’t had any family or friends visit. It’s been kind of lonely, and this has just made a big difference. I’m so glad you’re here because you just made me feel so much better.”

Volunteer transitions from tech to tour guide

Courtesy of Laurie Schutters
Tonia Spyridi has found a new calling as a Hidden Villa volunteer.

High-tech retiree Tonia Spyridi, a Los Altos resident of 35 years who grew up in Greece, fell in love with volunteering as a Hidden Villa farm and wilderness guide in 2016, but she started out reluctantly.

“I wasn’t sure I could do this,” Spyridi said.

Masonic Lodge hosts open house this weekend

Courtesy of Patrick Bailey 
Members of the Los Altos Masonic Lodge gather for a group portrait. The Masonic Lodge has scheduled an informal open house during the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, scheduled this weekend.

The Los Altos Masonic Lodge is scheduled to host an informal open house during the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 146 Main St.

Activities will include drop-in tours of the Lodge Room and short presentations and explanations of the three Masonic Degrees.

Plastics prove a health hazard for more than marine life

Plastic is everywhere. You’re likely wearing it right now – polyester, fleece, sneakers – and will likely ingest some with your next meal.

While most of us recognize the problem of plastic waste polluting our oceans and harming marine life, we don’t realize that plastic and the toxins that leach from it accumulate in our bodies. Medical researchers are now examining levels of plastic-derived chemical compounds in humans to better understand the health effects.

Save the Date: week of June 11


Thursday Night Live, 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Castro Street between Mercy and Villa streets in downtown Mountain View. Includes a concert featuring The Megatones, a farmers’ market, a classic-car show and children activities. Information:

Saturday and Sunday

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information:

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