Mountain View's bridge club draws enthusiasts from kids to seniors


Carly Heltzel/Town Crier
Members of Mountain View’s Unit 503 play bridge on a recent summer afternoon. Players range in age from 10 to nearly 100. The group formed in 1957, known then as the Palo Alto Bridge Center.

For almost a decade, Los Altos resident Donald Cohn has come to Unit 503 to play bridge. That’s the unofficial name of the Palo Alto Bridge Center, now based in Mountain View, which draws bridge players ranging in age from 10 to nearly 100.

“It gives you an opportunity to use your mind, it’s competitive and I’m pretty good at it,” the 75-year-old Cohn said. “When you’re retired, you look for things to do, and it’s very rewarding to me.”

Teens to help seniors with tech at free event Saturday in Mtn. View

Tech-savvy teens described as “digital ambassadors” will offer seniors free help with their electronic devices during Senior Tech Event V.

The event is scheduled 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Highway Community church, 2050 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Los Altos resident Wetzel leads line-dance classes


Diana Chan/Special to the Town Crier
More than 60 people participated in Julia Wetzel’s recent Line Dance Social.

The ballroom at the Sunnyvale Community Center was recently filled with more than 60 people dancing to upbeat music – led by longtime Los Altos resident Julia Wetzel, organizer of the annual Line Dance Social.

Wetzel’s students and dancers came from throughout the Bay Area and beyond, with some traveling as far as Sacramento to attend the event.

Santa Claus gets a new ride for Festival of Lights Parade


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Santa Claus, a popular presence at the Festival of Lights Parade, will ride in an updated sled this year.

This year’s Festival of Lights Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in downtown Los Altos. The long-standing tradition, now in its 42nd year, has a shiny new attraction – Santa’s sleigh has been refurbished.

After nearly 20 years in service, and with a stable of reindeer in support, the sleigh underwent a makeover. Grants from Los Altos Community Foundation, the Rotary Club of Los Altos, The Grimm Family Fund and the Koster Family enabled parade organizers to update the sleigh, enhancing the parade’s grand-finale Santa appearance.

Community Briefs – Week of Sept. 18

History Museum extends gadgets exhibition

The Los Altos History Museum has extended its exhibition “Gadgets Galore! Transforming the American Household” through Nov. 10.

The display highlights how gadgets from alarm clocks to coffeemakers, cellphones and cameras originated and came to play an integral role in daily life.

Corvette Spectacular returns to Los Altos Sunday


Courtesy of Stuart Calhoon
New and vintage Corvettes – such as this rare 1963 Grand Sport – are expected to line Main Street in Los Altos Sunday. The 43rd annual Corvette Spectacular will feature approximately 165 Corvettes. The event is among the largest of its kind in the region.

Santa Clara Corvettes’ 43rd annual Corvette Spectacular is scheduled 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Los Altos.

Billed as one of the largest all-Corvette car shows in Northern California, the event will feature approximately 165 Corvettes and is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees.


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