Linden Tree kicks off summer concert series

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Steve Chaney and his “Corny Crow,” above and below, entertain children at Linden Tree Books last week. The event launched the Los Altos bookstore’s Summer 2014 Concert Series.

Steve Chaney and his puppet Cornelius Crow launched the Linden Tree Books Summer 2014 Concert Series last week in downtown Los Altos. The pair performed for approximately 50 children and parents gathered in a reading room at the back of the store.

With the aid of “Corny Crow” and two other puppets, ventriloquist Chaney engaged the audience – primarily comprising 4- to 6-year-olds – with songs, animal noises, juggling and jokes for 30 minutes.


Go "Figure" at new Gallery 9 exhibition

courtesy of Robin Chapman
An exhibition of civic center orchard paintings, left, opens Tuesday at the library.

Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos features the group show “The Figure” through Saturday. The exhibition includes artwork inspired by human, plant and animal forms.

The gallery’s next exhibition, “Flowers,” is scheduled to open Tuesday and run through July 26. It showcases the color photography of Charles Halleck, who has documented the Bay Area for 25 years.


Community Briefs

Los Altos hosts emergency training

The city of Los Altos has scheduled free Personal Emergency Preparedness courses 6-9 p.m. July 14 at Hillview Community Center, Room 16, 97 Hillview Ave.; and Aug. 19 at Grant Park, Room 2, 1575 Holt Ave.

Santa Clara County Fire Department personnel teach the courses, designed to instruct residents how to be self-sufficient in the event of an emergency.


Design a Bike event rolls into town

Courtesy of Tom Kabat
Tom Kabat cycles into Los Altos 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 for a Design a Bike Workshop at the Los Altos History Museum.

Local bike builder Tom Kabat cycles into Los Altos 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 29 for a Design a Bike Workshop at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants can learn how to craft a unique bike using pieces of plywood, scrap metal, discarded bike parts and perhaps even an old pair of skis. Kabat will address bike design, style, ergonomics, possible materials and necessary tools, and share his collection of wooden bikes, scooters and other wheeled machines.


POPs exhibition highlights historic Los Altos landmark

An exhibition of paintings of the Los Altos Civic Center Orchard, “POPs in the Orchard,” is scheduled to open 5:30 p.m. July 1 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition will continue through the month of July, just as the apricots in the landmark orchard reach the peak of their summer season. The opening will feature a ribbon cutting followed by a reception in the garden of the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.


Los Altos Library promotes summer reading

The Los Altos Library recently launched its 2014 Summer Reading Club, “Fizz Boom Read,” for children. The main library and the Woodland Branch join the Santa Clara County Library District in sponsoring the annual program.

Children may register for the Summer Reading Club at the Children’s Desk in either library or online at through Aug. 7.


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