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Benefits/FundraisersCastro and Mistral Elementary School Walkathon
The annual Castro and Mistral Elementary School Walkathan and Silent Auction will offer children in kindergarten to fifth grade the chance to help raise money for building improvements, supplies and enrichment programs at their schools. Oct. 9, 2-5 p.m. Free. Castro and Mistral elementary schools, 505 Escuela Ave., Mountain View.
Benefits/FundraisersRide & Yoga for Ravenswood
For this fundraising event, community members can participate in an outdoor yoga class, a 50-mile bike ride along the coast or a 30-mile ride through Portola Valley. Proceeds will benefit high-quality primary care and dental and mental health services for low-income Silicon Valley residents. Oct. 11, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 yoga; $100 ride. Brody Family Home, 210 Park Lane, Atherton.
Benefits/FundraisersA Beautiful Morning fundraiser
Project WeHOPE will host a free awards breakfast and fundraiser to honor local individuals and businesses who have helped rebuild the lives of homeless people in the community. Michael Pritchard will give the keynote speech. Oct. 14, 7:30-9:30 a.m. Free. Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., Palo Alto.
This California-style Oktoberfest event benefiting the Children's Health Council will include beer, wine, food, dancing and live tunes by the PopRocks in NCEFT's outdoor covered arena. Attendees must be age 21 or older. Oct. 17, 6:30-10:30 p.m. See website for ticket prices. NCEFT, 880 Runnymede Road, Woodside.
Benefits/FundraisersHarvest Craft Faire
Sponsored by the Los Altos United Methodist Women, the Harvest Craft Faire will present a large selection of high-quality handmade items from 55 artisans. There will be also be garden and gourmet shops, homemade pies, vintage collectibles and small antiques. Snacks and lunch will be sold each day at the Harvest Cafe. The event will benefit local charities. Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos.
Benefits/FundraisersHolidays on a High Note
The 17th annual Holidays on a High Note, hosted by the Foothill Auxiliary to the Peninsula Family Service, will provide inspiration for holiday centerpieces and "tablescapes." All proceeds from tickets and the silent auction, as well as 20 percent of boutique sales, will benefit the Peninsula Family Service. Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $120. Menlo Circus Club, 190 Park Lane, Atherton.
Benefits/FundraisersKiwanis Angel Award reception
Presenting the Kiwanis Angel Award, this event will recognize the exemplary work of Barbara Klausner, executive director of Dreamcatchers, an organization that tutors and mentors at-risk middle school students. Funds raised will help support youth programs in Palo Alto. Supervisor Joe Simitian will emcee. Oct. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $50. Sheraton Palo Alto , 625 El Camino Real , Palo Alto .
Benefits/FundraisersL'Chaim Fall Benefit and Silver Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School's 25 years of excellence, this fundraiser event will include a presentation of the L'Chaim Award honoring Laura and Gary Lauder, a keynote speech by Professor Deborah Lipstadt and a dedication of the new Troper Center for Arts & Athletics. Those interested must register by Oct. 14, as space is limited. Oct. 25, 2-4:30 p.m. $50. Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, 450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto.
Benefits/FundraisersCommunity Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk
The Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk will unite the community in raising funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org) while enjoying a run or walk along the streets and paths of Los Altos Hills. To register, search for "Los Altos Pink Ribbon" at Active.com. Oct. 25, 9 a.m. $15 person; $50 family (up to 6 people). On Your Mark, 378 Main St., Los Altos.
Benefits/Fundraisers'Hard Worker' Wednesdays
Estrellita Restaurant in Los Altos will host weekly fundraisers for the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Visitors enjoying the Mexican fare should make sure to bring the fundraising flier with them (see website). Wednesdays, year-round, dinner hours. Prices vary. Estrellita Mexican Bistro and Cantina, 971 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos.