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.


Community Briefs

Library offers storytelling sessions

The Los Altos Library and its Story Fest Committee have scheduled storytelling sessions 7-8 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, the sessions are designed to bring the “joy of the timeless tradition of oral storytelling” to teens and adults. Experienced storytellers will participate, including members of the Southbay Storytellers and Listeners organization.


Save the Date

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Local filmmaker brings 'Batkid' to big screen

Above Photo Courtesy of Dana Nachman
Filmmaker Dana Nachman, above right, oversees production of “Batkid Begins” at AT&T Park with director of photography Naomi Ture. Nachman discussed the film after its premiere at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View.

Curiosity drove Los Altos documentarian Dana Nachman to explore why billions of people championed one child’s wish to become Batman.

“Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World” chronicles the day in November 2013 that the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation and the city of San Francisco fulfilled 5-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott’s superhero dream.


'Extraordinary' Los Altos woman to light up the big screen for artists

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Ruth Buneman is scheduled to model for three artists Saturday in Los Altos Hills.

The projection screen within the Los Altos Hills Town Hall Council Chambers doesn’t typically broadcast much beyond facts and figures. But come Saturday, that screen should brighten with the infectious smile of Ruth Buneman.

In conjunction with a Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society juried art exhibition on display at town hall through September, Buneman will model within council chambers for three nationally known artists assembled to paint her figure in their own distinctive styles. The artists participating in the “1 Model – 3 Fabulous Artists – 3 Points of View!” exhibition are Santa Cruz resident Mike Bailey, a Bay Area instructor and past president of the National Watercolor Society; Santa Rosa resident Christopher Schink, founder of “The Palette” art magazine; and Foster City resident Myrna Wacknov, a figurative and portrait painter lauded for her watercolor, acrylic and collage work.


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