Google car painting project calls on artists

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Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites California residents over the age of 13 to submit physical or digital artwork that would decorate the doors of its self-driving car prototypes.


Music and local eats turn spotlight on ovarian cancer

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Jill Hicks, from left, Phoebe Barber, Angela Moran and Annette Pedroza form the core of the group planning the Toasting to Teal event.

Angela Moran was a teenager when her mother died of ovarian cancer at 49, and years later she experienced an ovarian cancer scare herself. Her experiences inspired her to found Toasting to Teal, an organization that hosts an annual fundraiser for ovarian cancer research, scheduled this year in downtown Los Altos.

The fifth annual event is slated 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Nature Gallery, 296 State St. The event will feature live music, appetizers and drinks, a pop-up spa and a silent and live auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Cancer CAREpoint.


Traveling librarians bring world to home

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Librarian Catherine Arbogast heads out with a personalized book delivery from the Los Altos main library.

Love of learning and curiosity about the world sometimes grow only more urgent as a person spends more and more time at home, limited by age, health condition, or both. Librarians head out from the Los Altos main library each month bearing personalized book deliveries for local readers who can’t make it to the shelves themselves.

Through its Homebound Services program, the Santa Clara County Library District makes prearranged house calls with books and media materials to local residents unable to visit the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries due to temporary or long-term illness or disability. Participants range from the nuns in Los Altos’ Poor Clare monastery to seniors and sick people throughout the community.


Los Altos 'Food Fighters'

The new-to-Los Altos family featured on NBC’s “Food Fighters” last week finished the cook-off triumphant – Amber MacDonald’s family recipes won out over professional chefs in three out of five rounds on the reality show last week.

MacDonald’s spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and pepper sandwich and s’mores dessert were all judged the best by a panel of judges, meaning the former 49ers cheerleader netted a total of $70,000 in the competition.


Local resident cooks her way from cheerleader to Food Fighters

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Amber MacDonald competes on an episode of “Food Fighters,” scheduled to air 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

A newly arrived Los Altos family has an unusually public get-to-know-you moment this week – Amber MacDonald and her family are appearing 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC on an episode of “Food Fighters.”

MacDonald, daughter Ava and husband CJ are in the midst of building a house in north Los Altos near the Sweet Shop, but they took time to fly down to Los Angeles for a whirlwind tour of life on reality TV. The culinary game show pits home cooks against professional chefs, many of them food celebrities.


McConnell discusses Rock the Garden, leadership role at Montalvo

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Angela McConnell

Los Altos resident Angela McConnell is heavily involved in Rock the Garden, an outdoor art, music and food festival scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

McConnell, in her seventh year as the center’s executive director, helped plan the annual event, which features current and former artists-in-residence and a host of dining options. Admission is free.


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