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History comes to life at MV's Day of Dead

Photos courtesy of Mountain View Historical Association
Raices de Mexico highlighted the inaugural Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The Mountain View Historical Association hosted the Nov. 6 event, held at the Adobe Building.

The history and culture of the local Mexican-American community came to life Nov. 6 at the inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration, hosted by the Mountain View Historical Association.

More than 150 people filled the historic Adobe Building’s hall and spilled out into its garden. Traditional “papel picado” decorated the adobe walls, and two large and elaborate Dia de los Muertos altars flanked either side of the building’s fireplace. One altar featured large sugar skulls created by students from Crittenden and Graham middle schools. The other, created by the Historical Association, included photos of influential Mountain View pioneers along with images of recently departed loved ones submitted by the community.

History Museum visitors brush up on innovator's painting technique


Painter Susan Chan, second from right, demonstrates the ink-brush and splashed-color techniques made famous by her teacher and mentor Hau Beiren, a Los Altos resident. Chan led the educational event at the Los Altos History Museum last month as part of the exhibition “Hau Beiren at 100,” which has been extended through Dec. 31.

The bilingual exhibition – the first in the museum’s history – explores the work of one of California’s greatest contemporary Chinese painters, the 100-year-old known locally as Paul Hau. He moved to the United States in 1956 and introduced an increasingly abstract style rooted in traditional Chinese landscapes. Hau’s “Old Apricot Villa” home in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his work uniting Chinese ink-brush techniques with Western geography and modernist aesthetics. His gallery at 334 State St. has featured his work since 1972.

Hidden Villa's 'Little Pumpkins' celebrate harvest

Little Pumpkin PartyJunior farmers from around the region gathered at Hidden Villa’s “Little Pumpkin Party” Sunday to stuff a scarecrow, clap along to seasonal music and press apples for cider.

Chiefs converge on Montclaire


Stephanie Stuehler/Santa Clara County Fire Department

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Ken Kehmna, left, and Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis flank neighborhood leader Andy Wong at the ninth annual Highlands neighborhood picnic, held Aug. 2 at Montclaire Elementary School as part of National Night Out festivities. Wong said the Highlands picnic is the best-attended of all local National Night Out gatherings.

Amateur Radio Field Day slated June 25

Foothills Amateur Radio Society will demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio 11 a.m. June 25 to 11 a.m. June 26.

The society will operate three radio stations during this year’s Amateur Radio Field Day, attempting to make as many contacts as possible with amateur radio stations throughout North and South America.

Los Altos Community Foundation accepts grant applications through June 21

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting community grant applications from local nonprofit organizations through June 21.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports groups and activities that serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.

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