Museum Hosts South Los Altos Block Party

By January 30, 2024Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (Jan 30, 2024) As part of its ongoing Third Thursday series, Los Altos History Museum announces a special event tailored for residents of South Los Altos. Titled “Neighborhood Block Party: We Love South Los Altos!” the gathering is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, from 5:30 to 7 pm.


The event aims to bring together residents of all ages, fostering connections and camaraderie among neighbors as they immerse themselves in the history of their neighborhood.


Sophia Abarca, the curator of collections, said, “In these block parties, residents spanning different generations come together to build connections. It’s an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with our neighbors, share the Museum’s impressive collection with the community, and breathe life into historical memories.”


During the event, attendees will have the chance to view historical photos of South Los Altos on the Museum’s dynamic video walls. The visual journey will include aerial views, a glimpse of Steve Jobs’ home, and images from Foothill Plaza, now Foothill Crossing Shopping Center. Explore the history of noteworthy places such as Simla Junction, the Eichler neighborhood, and Stevens Creek.


In the spirit of community engagement, attendees are encouraged to contribute their own memories and stories, fostering a sense of shared history. As attendees mingle, wine and refreshments will be provided.


“We’re always eager to expand our Collection, so if anyone has photos of Los Altos to donate, please reach out to us.”


Admission is $10 per person, free for Museum members. To secure a spot, register at


Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibitsstore and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.


The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.


Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,