Community Briefs - Week of Jan. 9

LA Library hosts Great Decisions program

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host Great Decisions 2019, a nationwide discussion program on world affairs, 1-3 p.m. Mondays Feb. 4 through April 8 (no meetings Feb. 18 or April 1) in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching a DVD and meeting to discuss the most critical global issues facing the U.S.

SIR to hear from local poet Simon on Jan. 16

SIR Mission Trail Branch 35 is scheduled to feature local poet Bob Simon on the topic, “Fleeting Rhyme: Poetry For the Rest Of US,” at its next luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m., Jan. 16, at Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

SIR is a social organization open to active mature men who want to make or renew friendships. Activity groups include bowling, golf, hiking, bridge, book club, bocce ball, tennis, travel, bicycling, investments, wine appreciation, and more.

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National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need

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Teen members of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter filled baskets with holiday treats for families in the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

More than 40 mothers and daughters from National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter worked together to host a festive party at Stanford University Dec. 8 for families served by the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Approximately 100 parents and children attended the annual holiday event.

The families were treated to a meal provided by Stanford University. Volunteers from the Stanford Hills Chapter entertained 65 children with various craft projects, face painting, photos with Santa and treat bags. The moms and daughters baked 80 dozen holiday cookies, which they assembled into centerpieces for the tables. Each family took one home as a gift.

Los Altos History Museum to celebrate Three Kings Day Sunday

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate Three Kings Day noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Three Kings Day – also known as Día de los Reyes Magos or the Feast of the Epiphany – will honor the Catholic tradition and Mexican heritage of Juana Briones, the subject of the museum’s current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera.”

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World Affairs meeting focuses on Turkey

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled diplomat Scott Kilner to discuss “Turkey’s Future Under Erdogan” 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Kilner, former U.S. State Department Consul General to Istanbul, will share his insight on what lies ahead for Turkey in the aftermath of the country’s 2017 constitutional referendum and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s increasingly strong grip on power.

Priest explains how recognizing kinship reduces gang membership

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle presented a timely message for the holiday season by emphasizing the importance of remembering that “we belong to each other” in his appearance at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Dec. 4.

In his presentation “Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention,” Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang abatement program, explained how this basic truth has been at the core of the success of his nonprofit organization, which he founded 30 years ago.

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