Packard Foundation celebrates 55th anniversary with open house


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Former Packard Foundation board chairwoman Susan Packard Orr, above left, presents president and CEO Carol Larson a proclamation naming the foundation’s interior courtyard in her honor. The Oct. 10 open house drew a large crowd, right.

The Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation held an open house Oct. 10 at its 343 Second St. headquarters to celebrate the 55th anniversary of its mission to improve the lives of children, advance reproductive health and rights, enable the creative pursuit of science and conserve and restore the Earth’s natural systems.

Attended by Los Altos residents and the foundation’s locally based grantees, the event offered an opportunity to connect and learn about the nonprofit organization, as well as some of its longtime institutional partners, including Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Schola Cantorum sings works of Duke Ellington this weekend

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley opens its 56th season this weekend with two “Schola Swings” concerts, presentations of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, accompanied by Daddios Big Band.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road; and 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Villa Siena Auxiliary Holiday Boutique set for November

Villa Siena Auxiliary’s annual Holiday Boutique fundraiser is slated 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Villa Siena Senior Living Community, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View.

Items for sale include Christmas decorations, baked goods, jewelry, raffle prizes and knitting and crocheting handcrafted by the auxiliary and residents of Villa Siena. All proceeds support the residents of Villa Siena.

Local chapter of National Charity League welcomes new members

The Orchard Valley Chapter of the National Charity League is conducting its annual membership drive – which includes an open house this weekend – and accepting applications from girls in grades 6-9.

The Orchard Valley Chapter membership area includes the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara.

RIP LAHS pumpkin patch, long live Halloween


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Pumpkin, with cop

Los Altos High School’s pumpkin patch, a traditional must-see for many local school groups and families, has been canceled this year to make way for on-campus construction. But other seasonal activities are in full swing – follow the Town Crier on Facebook for a steady stream of pumpkin-related proceedings.

• ’Twas 13 Days Before Halloween Movie Night, 7 p.m. Saturday at Los Altos’ Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave. Wear a costume and bring a picnic blanket for a family-friendly double feature beginning with “Casper’s Halloween Special.”

30 years after Loma Prieta earthquake, LA History Museum exhibition looks back, ahead


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One person died when a five-story tower at St. Joseph Seminary collapsed in the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The seminary closed in 1991. The Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Our Community Prepares,” focuses on local residents’ response to natural disasters.

The Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the city of Los Altos, marks the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake with the opening of the exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display Thursday through Jan. 19.

The exhibition highlights the stories of lives shaken by disasters in the area, and ways the community has worked together to prepare for natural disasters in the future.


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