LightHouse benefit concerts spotlight Broadway musicals to support the blind

Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Michele Longosz/ Special to the Town Crier
Anne and Steve Gill

Los Altos residents Steve and Anne Gill are scheduled to present “The 1950s: When Broadway Ruled,” the 17th annual benefit concerts for LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Menlo School’s Spieker Ballroom, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton.

Pianist Linda Jordan, a former Los Altos resident, will join the father-daughter Gill team and other singers as they perform highlights from the Broadway musicals “Guys and Dolls,” “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “West Side Story” and “The King and I.”

At the Library – Week of Jan. 9

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 sccl.org/losaltos.

• 7 p.m. Jan. 22: A book discussion for adults will center on Francis Spufford’s “Golden Hill,” a novel based in old New York.

Local Arts Roundup: Gallery 9 artist looks (and paints) on the bright side


Courtesy of Mara Catherine Sippel
Mountain View artist Mara Catherine Sippel, whose work appears above, is among a trio of artists participating in the “Rhythm and Color” exhibition at Gallery House in Palo Alto.

Suej McCall is the featured artist for the month of January at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos.

The watercolorist’s exhibition, “Out and About,” is scheduled to run through Jan. 27.

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.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit http://sirinc2.org/branch35.

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need


Laura Fiske/NCL Stanford Hills
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.


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