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MV, Google launch free community shuttle

The city of Mountain View and Google Inc. have partnered to provide a free community shuttle service that will begin as a two-year pilot program.

The daily shuttle is slated to roll out in the fall, with electric shuttles outfitted with bicycle racks.

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Next History Museum exhibition explores Silicon Valley legends


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder David Packard calibrates HP’s audio oscillator, designed for testing sound equipment. Packard and other Silicon Valley legends are the subject of a new fall exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos History Museum’s next exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends,” is scheduled to open Oct. 19 and run through April.

According to organizers, the exhibition will explore the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveal the visionaries and risk-takers behind the evolution.

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Viewpoints exhibition is for the birds: Local Arts Roundup


"Sandhill Lineup," above, a painting by artist and bird aficionado Floy Zittin, is on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

“The Bird Show II,” a solo exhibition by artist Floy Zittin, runs through Aug. 30 at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

The exhibition features Zittin’s paintings of hummingbirds, hawks, herons and other feathered varieties.

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Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


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Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice cream into waffle cones in the staff room of Akraya Inc. in Sunnyvale. It’s not a birthday celebration, but a gathering to honor international friendships.

For one week, the Silicon Valley staffing firm – co-founded in 2002 by Los Altos residents Sonu Ratra and her husband, Amar Panchal – is mentoring two women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda through the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and its Peace Through Business program.

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Local judge teaches lesson in civil rights at Los Altos Rotary Club


Courtesy of Randy Gard
Len Edwards addresses Los Altos Rotarians July 17.

Retired Superior Court Judge Len Edwards taught a living history lesson to the Rotary Club of Los Altos July 17 as he described his personal experiences as an early participant in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

During the summer of 1964, Edwards traveled to the South to fight for blacks’ right to register to vote. He has seen dramatic changes since then.

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'Downton Abbey' replicated for Los Altos fundraiser


Courtesy of Nomi Trapnell
Doris and Kristen Fuller, from left, flank Lord Grantham, who graces the 7-foot-by-30-foot backdrop featuring other “Downton Abbey” characters at the Los Altos History Museum fundraiser.

Fans of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” turned out by the dozens for the July 19 Los Altos History Museum fundraiser held at the home of Nomi and Fritz Trapnell.

“We had about 80 people, almost all in costume,” said Nomi, president of the museum’s board of directors. “They really got into the history and had fun with it.”

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