First Friday event salutes holiday season

Courtesy of First Friday
Santa Claus visits with kids at Veterans Community Plaza last year.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to arrive downtown for the holiday-themed First Friday festivities, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

In addition to entertainment at Veterans Community Plaza, live bands will perform in front of businesses on Main and State streets. Stores and galleries will extend their hours and offer gift ideas and promotions. Participating merchants will have First Friday balloons at their store- fronts.

Local Arts Roundup: Exhibition focuses on photographers

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Tom and Marj Green’s photography exhibition includes this image of Dubrovnik, Croatia.

“Images in Black & White,” a photography exhibition by Los Altos Hills residents Tom and Marj Green, is on display 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 19 at Woodside Priory School, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

A reception for the artists is slated 6-9 p.m. Friday at the school. Wine and refreshments will be served.

Los Altos High grad grabs Emmy for work on HBO documentary


Years before she helped produce the Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” with Apatow Productions, Amanda Glaze experienced the spotlight on a smaller stage, taking on the title role in Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Anne of Green Gables.”

While working on “Zen Diaries,” Glaze’s role included researching and obtaining archival footage for the documentary about the late comedian. The process was different from her previous experience on feature films such as “Trainwreck” and “The Big Sick.”

Schola Cantorum ushers in holidays with concert, 'Messiah Sing'

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley is scheduled to celebrate the holiday season with two concerts.

Community Briefs - Week of Dec. 5

Event marks 100th year of 19th amendment

The local branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment at a Holiday Tea 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the Parc Regent common room, 1 W. Edith Ave., Los Altos.

The 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote in national elections, was passed in August 1920. AAUW branches nationwide are commemorating the milestone throughout the year.

Jazz singer to perform benefit concert in Los Altos


Jazz singer Jamie Davis is scheduled to perform a Dec. 15 concert in Los Altos. The concert, dubbed, “Jamie Builds!” is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity.

The acclaimed baritone is slated to play two shows, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road. Davis will be accompanied by the Jo Major Quartet.

Davis has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, George Benson, Tony Bennett, Patty Austin and Billy Cobham, among others. He regularly tours the United States and Europe.

Tickets are $30. For tickets or more information, visit and search on Jamie Builds or enter .

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