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Los Altos artist hosts boutique benefiting Child Advocates

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Midori Adams, left, and the young woman, Molly, for whom she advocated share a hug. Molly currently attends community college and plans to transfer to San Jose State University next year. Molly and Adams remain close.


Los Altos artist Midori Adams is scheduled to host her annual Archangel Holiday Boutique 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at her Los Altos home, 228 Marvin Ave.

Morning Forum: Paleontologist shares dream of tracking dinosaurs

Courtesy of Paula Tuerk
The Spinosaurus, shown here in action in a rendering by artist Davide Bonadonna, was the subject of a Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation by paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim Sept. 20.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its fall season Sept. 20 with the presentation “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, Ph.D., a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and TED Fellow, is lead author of a study on the amphibious creatures who lived 100 million years ago in North Africa.

Ohlone Day explores local history

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Ohlone Day participants partake of a little light gambling.

Deer hooves rattled and branches clapped in an outdoor concert last weekend at Deer Hollow Farm’s Ohlone Day.

Volunteers encouraged the children making a clamor to imagine how one might dance to the sounds, filling in pieces of what’s known and not known about the people who lived on this land for thousands of years before European settlers arrived.

Volunteer costume curators bring creative dreams to life in Los Altos

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Volunteers at the Costume Bank helped create “Game of Thrones” characters from scratch, from Jaime Lannister’s gold hand, right, to the broad sword and furs of the North.

A group of Los Altos volunteers preserves a pre-Amazon vision of dressing up for Halloween, assembling from scratch elaborate and sometimes handmade disguises for local trick-or-treaters and costume partiers.

Los Altos’ Costume Bank rents and sells costumes year-round, but October represents their busiest time of year – and the period in which they raise the lion’s share of their funding for local causes. The shop raises proceeds for the Assistance League of Los Altos, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers man the store and serve as personal costume stylists. The Assistance League uses proceeds to support their programs providing housing for patients and their families adjacent to Stanford Hospital, and baby supplies for underserved families in Santa Clara County.

Petting zoo, classic cars, rides and games await visitors at Los Altos Fall Festival

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This weekend’s Fall Festival in downtown Los Altos will offer something for all ages, from games and crafts in the fall-themed Children’s Alley. Other highlights will include the new Tatratea Bar, a slot car racing track and a petting zoo.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 25th annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

The festival’s Children’s Alley will feature the Little Explorer’s Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience with rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, ducks, guinea pigs and a giant tortoise.

LA student leads effort to help children's home in Kathmandu

Courtesy of Capucine Querenet
Capucine Querenet of Los Altos shows children at the Aishworya Children’s Home in Kathmandu how to use their new Kindles.

Capucine Querenet traveled more than 9,500 miles from her Los Altos home to learn the difference between people who need help and people who desperately need help.

What started as a small French Christian summer camp effort to support a children’s home in Nepal has blossomed into an ongoing fund- raising drive under the leadership of the 17-year-old Homestead High School senior.

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