Merchants, maypoles, music: Farmers' Market season launches May 1

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Visitors examine the fresh produce on display at last year’s Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

It wouldn’t be spring without the return of the Downtown Los Altos Farmers’ Market May 1. The Los Altos Village Association sponsors the annual showcase of fresh, local foods.

Live music and a large maypole made for dancing will greet the season’s first visitors, along with local vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, meats and specialty items that customers have come to expect. The seasonal market is scheduled 4-8 p.m. Thursdays on State Street through the end of September.


Living Classroom encourages children to pursue green time over screen time

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The Los Altos School District’s Living Classroom program engages children in experiential learning. Second-graders transplant tomato seeds.

Competing for classroom time against programmable robots and glowing screens isn’t easy, but the Los Altos-based Living Classroom garden education program bucks the tech trend by planting students in the natural world.

In its sixth year of operation, the nonprofit program maintains edible and native gardens at every elementary school in the Los Altos and the Mountain View Whisman school districts, complementing the schools’ curricula.


Sharks announcer talks playoffs with Rotary Club of Los Altos

Courtesy of Jerry Tomanek
Randy Hahn, announcer for the San Jose Sharks, addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 10. The veteran broadcaster has has called more than 1,000 NHL games in 30 years.

Los Altos resident Randy Hahn, the San Jose Sharks’ television play-by-play announcer for 21 seasons, shared his passion for the team with the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 10.


Kiwanis Pet Parade invites entries

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Last year’s Kiwanis Pet Parade captured special moments with children and their pets. This year’s event is scheduled May 17 in downtown Los Altos.

Registration for the 67th annual Kiwanis Pet Parade, scheduled 10 a.m. May 17, has opened and will continue through May 6.

School groups, individuals and families can register for the event at


Rotary art show benefits nonprofit agencies

Courtesy of Allart Ligtenberg/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Gatlang villagers in Nepal receive aid from the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Fine Art in the Park fundraiser.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 39th annual Fine Art in the Park show is scheduled 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 in Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

The event is considered one of the Bay Area’s premier open-air art shows, featuring original, juried works by some 170 artists.


Chef Pépin signs books in Los Altos Thursday

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Chef Jacques Pépin is slated to sign books 3-5 p.m. Thursday in Los Altos.

Master chef, author and educator Jacques Pépin is scheduled to sign books 3-5 p.m. Thursday at Main Street Cafe & Books, 134 Main St., Los Altos.

The original “Iron Chef” is in town to headline the Celebrity Forum Speakers Series tonight through Friday at Flint Center in Cupertino, where he and his daughter Claudine will stage a cooking demonstration with locally purchased food.


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