Last updateTue, 12 Dec 2017 10am

Sunday Friends provides support for families in need

Courtesy of Sunday Friends
Children and their parents gather for activities at a Sunday Friends location. In addition to Sunday Friends’ classes on parenting, financial literacy, English fluency, nutrition and health, the program now includes more science, technology, engineering and math activities.

• Mission: Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children’s life success.

• 2017 update: Sunday Friends has expanded to a third site at Meadows Elementary School. in San Jose. Alongside its current activities and classes at Lowell and Santee schools, the organization serves 50 additional families.

Community Briefs

Belly Dance Festival comes to Hillview

The Bay Area Belly Dance and Music Association has scheduled its annual Fabulous Fall Belly Dance Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

The festival will celebrate the arts of belly dance and belly dance music. Admission will include shopping, food, music, dancing and an evening showcase of featured performers.

Live music, store promotions highlight First Friday festivities in downtown Los Altos

November’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-9 p.m. Friday along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos.

Monthly First Fridays feature live entertainment, extended store hours, promotions, discounts on merchandise and services, restaurant happy hours, artist receptions and children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza at the intersection of Main and State streets.

Architect shares local vision of Italian design with Rotarians

Lina Broydo/ Special to the Town Crier
Salvatore Caruso described his efforts to create architectural beauty in Silicon Valley during the Oct. 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting. Above Caruso is a projection of the proposed Volar building in San Jose.

Salvatore Caruso, Italy’s honorary consul for San Jose, described his efforts to create architectural beauty in Silicon Valley at the Oct. 19 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

Caruso, who studied architecture in Italy, is president of Salvatore Caruso Design Corp. in Santa Clara. He cited the “creation of enduring beauty” as fundamental to Italian culture. According to Caruso, Michelangelo’s “Pieta” sculpture in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and Italian cathedrals and aqueducts inspired two of his architectural innovations in the Bay Area.

Morning Forum speaker recalls legacy of French Impressionists


Denise Erickson painted an enlightening picture of American artists in her Oct. 17 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Americans in Paris: Impressionism and the American Experience.”

Erickson, professor of art history at Cañada College and lecturer at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in a combined major of history and art history from UC Santa Barbara. She has led many art tours in the U.S. and Europe.

Local Arts Roundup: New local exhibitions spotlight jewelry, painting, photography art

Courtesy of Gallery 9
The work of photography artist Merrie Asimow is on display at Gallery 9 through Nov. 26.

Gallery 9

Gallery 9’s latest exhibition, which features the work of jewelry artist Tove Norlander and the fine-art photography of Merrie Asimow, is scheduled to run through Nov. 26.

Receptions for the artists are set for 5-7 p.m. Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

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