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Valley pioneer Juana Briones and the mystery of a photograph : Santa Clara Valley Lives

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Family members believe this photo to be Juana Briones. Briones’ descendant, Fred Imhoff, donated it to the Point Reyes National Seashore Archives.

Juana Briones was born near California’s Mission Santa Cruz in 1802, the daughter of Spanish, Mexican, Indian and African ancestors. In 1776, her parents were among the first civilians from Mexico to arrive in California.

During her lifetime, she was beloved for her kindness and care in nursing the sick and for her wisdom in business, but there is much more to her story.

'Spooktacular' will assemble ghouls and boys at new location

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Starbucks cups stroll downtown streets in search of treats during the “Halloween Spooktacular” in 2015.

The Los Altos Village Association’s annual “Halloween Spooktacular” trick-or-treating event this year has a new location for children in costume to gather.

Shops around the downtown area that participate in trick-or-treating will identify themselves with orange pumpkin signs in the window and distribute treats to young visitors from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Deer Hollow Farm sponsors 'Spooky Times' fundraiser Saturday

Courtesy of Elizabeth Montgomery
A visiting family at last year’s “Spooky Times” event makes friends with Deer Hollow Farm goats.


Deer Hollow Farm’s annual Halloween-themed “Spooky Times” fundraiser is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

Local libraries add Kanopy streaming service

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Lora Cokolat, the Santa Clara County Library District’s acting library services manager of public technology, accesses the Kanopy streaming service at the Los Altos main library.

The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland branches, recently introduced Kanopy, a new video streaming service.

“We were looking to (enhance) our collection,” said Lora Cokolat, the district’s acting library services manager of public technology. “We already have a really good collection of DVDs in the library … and we (wanted to offer) a streaming service that is sort of like a Netflix experience.”

Community Briefs

Schola Cantorum celebrates Halloween

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is scheduled to perform two Halloween-themed “Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls” concerts.

The first is slated 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, and the second is set for 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Abilities United hosts annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser Nov. 4

Abilities United’s 26th annual Authors Luncheon fundraiser is scheduled 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Mountain View.

The event draws approximately 600 book lovers from throughout the Bay Area and generates nearly $400,000 annually for Abilities United, which serves children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Funds are raised through sponsorships, ticket sales and an auction.

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