A variety of events spring up

Town Crier Staff Report

From plays to classes, hikes and even yoga with lambs, a number of spring events catering to a variety of ages are scheduled in the Los Altos area. Following is a roundup of upcoming activities.

Upstage Theater’s The Aliens

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ SecondStage

7:30 p.m. March 29-31

In Annie Baker’s "The Aliens," two men pass their time behind a coffee shop in Vermont discussing poetry, music and wind farms, and a lonely teenager who works there. The play exposes three people being truly honest. The play is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for students.

For tickets and more information, visit

Los Altos Hills Monthly Senior Walk

Purissima Park (April) or Westwind Community Barn (May)

10-11 a.m. April 3 & May 1

Two-mile hikes for local residents of all ages are offered the first Tuesday of every month. Routes are tailored to the participants of each walk, and inclement weather may cancel the hike. Pets are welcome.

To RSVP and for more information, visit and click the "Community Events" page.

Senior Spring Fling

Shoup Park Garden House, Los Altos

6-8 p.m. April 5

The Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission and Club 55 have scheduled an evening of music, conversation, dancing, singing, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Tickets - $15 general, $12 for Los Altos Senior Program members - must be purchased before March 29.

For tickets and more information, visit Tickets also may be purchased at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Lamb Yoga

Hidden Villa, Los Altos Hills

10-11:30 a.m. April 6

Hidden Villa will offer a yoga class in an enclosed pasture with several of the farm’s lambs and sheep. After the hourlong class, participants will have the opportunity to play with the lambs for 20 minutes. A certified yoga instructor will teach the class, which is designed for adults and youth ages 12 and up. Cost is $25.

To register and for more information, visit

Little Red Hen Baking Class

Hidden Villa

10 a.m. to noon April 7

In the children’s cooking class, participants will learn how to make treats the traditional way, including gathering ingredients from the farm and learning how to grind wheat, churn butter and gather eggs. The class is open to children ages 6-9. Cost is $30.

For more information, visit

Cow Wow

Hidden Villa

3:30-5 p.m. April 7 & 21 and May 4

Participants will learn how to milk a cow the old-fashioned way and see the modern machinery used today. The event is open to children ages 6 and up, who must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $30.

To register and for more information, visit

Los Altos Easter Egg Hunt

Downtown Los Altos

10 a.m. to noon April 13

The 56th annual Easter Egg Hunt is open to children ages 1-10. Children can hunt for hidden eggs on Main and State streets, make crafts, have their faces painted and take photos with the Easter Bunny at Veterans Community Plaza. Participants should bring their own baskets. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

Earth Day Celebration

Westwind Community Barn, Los Altos Hills

1-4 p.m. April 14

The town of Los Altos Hills hosts the annual event, which will feature Leopards Etc.’s educational presentation "Live Wild Cats" and exhibits by Los Altos Hills committees, the Bookmobile and the Santa Clara County Fire Department, among other organizations. Los Altos Hills-related products will be available for purchase.

For more information, call 947-2518, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Spring Egg Hunt

Hillview Community Center Soccer Field, Los Altos

9:30 a.m. April 20

The annual Spring Egg Hunt includes carnival games and a 4-H rabbit project at 9:30 a.m., an egg hunt at 10 a.m. and a performance by children’s entertainer Sean Mendelson at 10:20 a.m. The egg hunt is open to children 10 and under. Participants should bring their own baskets.

For more information, call 947-2790 or visit

Hoppin Hounds Biscuit Hunt

Westwind Community Barn

9-10:30 a.m. April 20

At the 16th annual hunt, dogs and their owners will venture through Byrne Preserve in search of biscuits. Dogs must be on-leash. A minimum donation of $5 is encouraged to benefit Palo Alto Animal Services.

For more information, call 947-2518, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

Spring Eggs

Hidden Villa

1:30-3:30 p.m. April 20

Participants will gather eggs in the hen house, collect colorful plants and vegetables from the garden to make dyed eggs and weave a basket made of recycled materials to take home. Cost is $30.

For more information, visit

POST’s Wallace Stegner Lecture with Van Jones

8 p.m. April 23

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ MainStage

Van Jones, author, environmental justice activist and CNN political commentator, will deliver the Peninsula Open Space Trust’s Wallace Stegner Lecture. Tickets are $40 general, $20 for students.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

Hike in the Hills

Westwind Community Barn

9-10 a.m. April 27

Hosted by the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee, hikers will be guided on a trail loop that traverses a variety of spaces, including neighborhoods, pathways and open-space park trails.

For more information, visit To view trail loops, visit

Spring Parade

Downtown Mountain View

10 a.m. April 27

The parade - with the theme "Cruisin’ Mountain View!" - is scheduled to begin on Castro Street at Villa Street and continue into Pioneer Park where crafts, games, live music and food trucks will be available until 1 p.m.

For more information, call 903-6331 or visit

A La Carte & Art Festival

Downtown Mountain View

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 4 & 5

Hosted by the Mountain View Central Business Association, the 23rd annual outdoor festival features live entertainment, an arts and crafts sale, food, alcoholic beverages, a variety of exhibits, a classic-car show and the "Super Duper Kidz Funzone" with a bungee jump, climbing wall and other activities.

For more information, visit

Pathways Run/Walk

Westwind Community Barn

9 a.m. May 11

The 18th annual run will begin at Westwind Community Barn and travel through Byrne Preserve and the Los Altos Hills pathways system. There are three options: a 5K walk/run, a 10K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run. Tickets are $45 for the long-distance events ($50 on race day) and $30 for the fun run ($35 on race day).

To register and for more information, visit

Downtown Los Altos Farmers Market

State Street

4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 2 to Sept. 26

Co-sponsored by the California Farmers’ Market Association and the Los Altos Village Association, the seasonal farmers’ market features fresh, local produce, flowers, food trucks and entertainment.

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