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Morning Forum welcomes inaugural poet laureate Blanco


Poet Richard Blanco shared his journey from young immigrant to serving as inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s January 2013 inauguration with the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 5.

In his presentation “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” Blanco described his path from immigrant to U.S. citizen. The award-winning poet earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. In addition to reading “One Today” at Obama’s inauguration, he has been a guest speaker on NPR and at conferences across the U.S. and has shared his poems worldwide. He is an author, engineer and educator.

Merger of fine art, technology represented in MV exhibition: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Mark Brown
Artist and photographer Mark Brown’s depiction of Dutch Oven Flat is among his works on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

The artwork of Mountain View resident Mark Brown is scheduled for display through June 13 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Brown is an artist, photographer and designer who works in the space where fine art and technology marry, merge and multiply. He has spent more than 30 years combining traditional media and photography and the past 25 years working digitally on Macintosh computer imaging systems, using a palette of 16.9 million colors to create images by writing ones and zeroes on rust with magnets and lasers (the behind-the-screen digital magnetic memory process).

LAHS grad Okin lives his dream of performing on stage

Many people dream of pursuing a career in theater, performing onstage in front of full houses. Los Altos native Justin Okin is living that dream – he’s an actor currently living in Los Angeles.

Along with being an actor and producer, Okin is the founder of Sold Out Crowd, which sells hard-to-get tickets to stage productions in the Los Angeles area.

Commonwealth Club honors LA's Geschke for lifetime achievement


Adobe Systems Inc. co-founder and Los Altos resident Charles Geschke was among five honorees recognized for their achievements at the Commonwealth Club of California’s 28th annual Distinguished Citizen Awards Gala March 16 in San Francisco.

Geschke received the club’s William K. Bowes Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in developing the first digital printing script, for revolutionizing the publishing industry and graphic design, and for his stewardship in leading Adobe Systems over the years.

Nominations open for Los Altos Historic Preservation award

The Los Altos Historical Commission has opened nominations for its annual Los Altos Historic Preservation award.

The award honors local residents who encourage public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the city’s past, and foster civic and neighborhood pride and sense of identity based on the recognition and use of the city’s historic resources.

Organizers hope revamped, shortened Relay For Life will rekindle participation

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Organizers plan several major changes for this year’s Los Altos Relay For Life, a departure from last year’s activities, above.

The annual Los Altos Relay For Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society started with a bang in 2004, with hundreds participating and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised.

But the 24-hour event lost steam after a few years as participants and organizers grew weary of the massive effort and time commitment required. Organizers realized that major changes were needed to keep the event afloat.

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