Hidden Villa farm guide, LA resident reaps rewards volunteering: Volunteer Profile

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Los Altos resident and former teacher Caroline Rumptz has her hands full with playful goats at Hidden Villa farm and nature preserve. A Hidden Villa volunteer for five years, Rumptz said her favorite thing about guiding farm tours is her interaction with children.

Los Altos resident and former teacher Caroline Rumptz’s favorite thing about guiding farm tours at Hidden Villa is the “unadulterated joy” the schoolchildren feel on her tours as they experience new things.

“It lights them up,” Rumptz said.


LAH resident, author celebrates wildlife with new photo book

Los Altos Hills resident Diana Chan loves animals and travel. She also enjoys projects and research.

Zoo visits and scattered amateur photography with her granddaughter developed into a glossy book that celebrates the animal kingdom, with original photos and stories from Chan’s wildlife encounters. The book – nearly six years in the making – just hit the shelves at Linden Tree Books, the Los Altos Library and other local shops.


Google car painting project calls on artists

Google self-driving car

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.


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