Celebrate love at First Friday in downtown LA

Courtesy of Jamie Lucia
Ellen Biolsi, owner of Cranberry Scoop at 295 State St., holds a poster promoting this month’s First Friday event. More than 60 stores and galleries are scheduled to participate in Friday’s Valentine-themed event.

Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Valentine-themed First Friday event – “Celebrating Love” – 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

“‘Celebrating Love’ is about celebrating the love of community, love of teachers, moms and dads, sweethearts, kids, grandmas and grandpas and even a special aunt or uncle,” said First Friday co-chairwoman Jamie Lucia, a chiropractor with Los Altos Community Chiropractic.


Los Altos mom of 27 adopted boys shares her journey in new book


Los Altos resident Marian Aiken recently published a memoir chronicling her life as the mother of 27 adopted and foster sons with special needs.

“Derek: A Story of Acceptance, Love and Advocacy for Children Living with Special Needs” (CreateSpace, 2014) recounts Aiken’s nearly four decades of caring for children with physical and developmental challenges, beginning with Derek, who came into her life as an infant in 1979.


Los Altos Neutra House architecture series launches this month with 6 new speakers

The 2015 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series will feature six speakers highlighting various aspects of modern architecture.

The series kicks off Feb. 19 with John Loomis, architect, educator and author of “Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). The book examines the convergence and collision of architecture, ideology and culture in 1960s Cuba through the design for the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools). Booth has taught at The City College of New York, the California College of Art, Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. He is currently a professor at San Jose State University.


100 Women Charitable Foundation schedules dinner to disburse $172.5K in grant funding

The 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its annual dinner and voting event 5:30-9 p.m. March 6 at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real.

The foundation will donate $172,500 to local nonprofit organizations this year. Six grant finalists will give presentations to members, who will vote to award three impact grants of $47,500 each.


Community Briefs

Library hosts talk on artists Kahlo, Rivera

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art docent David Grady is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on “Frida and Diego: Mexican Originals” 7 p.m. March 2 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion will highlight the artistic contributions of Mexican painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Kahlo explored the realities of her life and feelings through her deeply personal art. Rivera was a larger-than-life figure whose murals and paintings reflected his passion for his native country and the social, political and cultural issues of the day. The presentation will delve into their odyssey as a couple and emphasize their many connections to the Bay Area.


Call out for 'diverse' blood donors

In honor of Black History Month in February, the American Red Cross seeks local blood donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations to ensure a sufficient blood supply.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile offers two local opportunities to donate:


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