Briefs: Breakfast of Champions benefits JobTrainAuthor Chris Gardner will receive the Champion of the Year award at JobTrain's annual Breakfast of Champions at 7:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.
Mr. Gardner, author of the 2006 autobiography, "The Pursuit of Happyness," will deliver the keynote address. Other notables due to attend are chef Jeff Henderson of the Food Network, playwright and community activist Donald Lacy, and comedian Michael Pritchard. One thousand guests are expected to attend the breakfast, says JobTrain spokesperson Kail Lubarsky. Individual tickets are $45.
JobTrain, based in Menlo Park, is a nonprofit job-training organization, formerly known as OICW. For more information, call 330-6569.
Handbell Ensemble at Bethany Lutheran
Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park will host a free concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, by the Handbell Ensemble from Concordia University in Portland.
This will be its only Bay Area stop on its spring tour, said K.C. Aarons, spokesperson for the church, located at 1095 Cloud Ave.
The ensemble, directed by Judy Schumacher, rings five octaves of Malmark hand-bells and three octaves of hand-chimes. It has a 25-year tradition at Corcordia, a private, Lutheran liberal arts university.
Go to cu-portland.edu/music for more information.
Series on autism spectrum disorder
The Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children's Hospital is offering a 10-part education series for parents of children with an autism spectrum disorder. The series begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at 401 Quarry Road in Palo Alto.
Subjects covered in the 10 sessions include the basics of behavior management, how to navigate the service system, research updates, and home strategies for skills building and stress reduction.
Jennifer Phillips, a clinical assistant professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Packard Children's Hospital, will lead the classes.
Fee is $5 per session. For more information, call 721-6327.
Protecting white lions
Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, will speak on protecting the rare lions during a three-hour program Tuesday, May 11, at the Stillheart Institute, 16350 Skyline Boulevard in Woodside.
The program starts at 5 p.m. and includes a short National Geographic film, a book signing by Ms. Tucker, and light refreshments. Tickets are $30 and space is limited. Call 851-6622 to make a reservation.
Ms. Tucker's mission is to "restore the balance of nature by saving the white lions and bringing them back to Timbavati (game preserve in South Africa) — their only natural birthplace in the world."
Go to whitelions.org for more information on these lions.
Go to stillheart.org for more on this event.