Downtown movie nights revive fantasy heroes of childhoods past

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“Harry Potter” films draw hundreds of movie-goers to Main Street each August as part of the city’s Friday Movie Nights series. This year the series goes deep into the childhood fantasy canon, with villains from decades past joining the Malfoys in the lineup.

Los Altos’ free outdoor movie nights light up starting Friday evening, and this year’s roster of films introduces young viewers to high-flying, witch-battling, sorcerous adventures spanning the last century. The lineup will also likely delight parents who’ve gone too long without remembering Falkor and Atreyu, Mr. Tumnus the Faun and, of course, Dorothy.

The Los Altos Village Association (LAVA) hoists a screen across Main Street for Friday Movie Nights as families spread out blankets, chairs and picnics at downtown’s core. Beginning at 6 p.m., bounce houses, a face painter and a balloon artist entertain children, and stores and restaurants remain open across downtown.


Save the Date

Sept. 5

Rock Back the Clock, 1950s-themed dinner-dance benefiting Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade. 6-10 p.m., Rancho Shopping Center, corner of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway. Information:

Sept. 21

Santa Clara Corvettes “Corvette Spectacular” car show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Los Altos. Information:

Sept. 27

“Back to the ’50s Night” fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. at Villa Siena, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Information: 318-5813.


Community Briefs

Library hosts seminar on low-water landscapes

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host the seminar “Double Rebates for Beautiful Low-Water Landscapes” 7 p.m. Monday at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Frank Niccoli, horticulture instructor at Foothill College, and Ashley Carter of the Santa Clara Valley Water District will demonstrate how to create an eye-catching landscape while saving money and water. They will explain how to apply for double rebates for low-water landscape and irrigation upgrades before the Sept. 30 deadline.


An afternoon of art, fashion and music slated at Gitane Los Altos: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Audrey Lund
Los Altos artist Audrey Lund’s “Sunset Drive, San Francisco” is among her works on display at Gitane Freedom of Style boutique through the end of August.

Gitane Freedom of Style boutique in downtown Los Altos has scheduled an afternoon of art, fashion and music noon to 4 p.m. July 27 at 334 State St.

The event will feature a collection of paintings by Los Altos artist Audrey Lund, a live art demonstration by Oleg Tumasov, jewelry art courtesy of Alicia Van Fleteren and live music from pianist Oliver Michael Robertson.


Disability Pride Parade & Festival slated Saturday

The fifth annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival is scheduled noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Mountain View.

Parade check-in will begin at 11 a.m. in Centennial Plaza, 701 W. Evelyn Ave. The parade route will travel from the plaza four blocks down Castro Street to Pioneer Park, 590 Castro St., near Mountain View City Hall, where the festival is located.


Monsters, monsters everywhere – oh, and have some wine: Helix hosts unusual happy hour for adults Friday in Los Altos

Helix by Exploratorium has scheduled a free monster-themed “Helix Happy Hour” for visitors 18 and older 6-8 p.m. Friday at 316 State St., Los Altos.

Bay Area Art & Science Interdisciplinary Collaborative Sessions (BAASICS) – a nonprofit organization that produces programs that aim to make the contemporary fine arts and sciences accessible and inspiring to a wide audience – serves as coordinator of the event.


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