Community Briefs: Week of Aug. 8

Auditions scheduled for new play

Los Altos storyteller and author Enid Davis has scheduled open auditions for adults ages 50 and up during a reading of her new play, “Deleted,” 2-4 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5 at Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center, Building I-2, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Once cast in the parts, the actors must register for the drama class at Avenidas, slated 2-4 p.m. Mondays Sept. 17 through Oct. 29. Tuition is $150. Only those able to attend the class sessions and both performances are eligible to join the cast.

At the Library: Week of Aug. 8

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

• Noon or 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27: The Now Read This book club will discuss “What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky” by Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah. The club, a joint effort of “PBS NewsHour” and The New York Times, enables readers to participate in discussions in real time and ask questions of the authors.

Resident moves from volunteer to city employee

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Stacey Chaney assumes her post as a staff member of the Los Altos Recreation & Community Services department.

In 2013, Los Altos resident Stacey Chaney retired from a long career of what she described as “high-stress” management positions and embarked on a new path – serving her city.

Five years and more than 1,000 hours later, Chaney has transitioned from dedicated volunteer to part-time staff member with the Los Altos Recreation & Community Services department.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: 'Superior fruit' – apricot sales reap reward

Courtesy of Frank White
Frank White stands in front of his father’s Packard automobile near the apricot orchard that surrounded the family’s home on Covington Road in Los Altos, circa 1946.

Frank White and his parents moved to Los Altos in 1945. His father had been a fruit broker in San Francisco and had spent a lot of time in the Santa Clara Valley meeting the growers.

Ewaste collection scheduled Saturday at St. Simon Church

St. Vincent de Paul of Santa Clara County has scheduled an e-waste fundraiser 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 11) in the parking lot of St. Simon Church, 1860 Grant Road, in Los Altos.

For details on what is and is not collected, visit

CSA backpack distribution event serves 500-plus families in need

Courtesy of Anita Grossman/Community Services Agency
Children receive backpacks and other school supplies during a special distribution event July 23 at Community Services Agency in Mountain View.

More than 550 children from low-income families received backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for new school clothing and shoes at Community Service Agency’s annual back-to-school Backpacks & School Supplies Distribution event July 23.

Following the selection of their new backpacks, children and their parents enjoyed ice cream provided by Baskin-Robbins at Shoreline in Mountain View.

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