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Workshop addresses downtown open spaces

Los Altos Forward, a grassroots group that promotes downtown revitalization, encourages local residents to embark on a walking tour and brainstorm ideas for open spaces in the process.

Members of Los Altos Forward have scheduled a “Community Placemaking Workshop” with planning expert Fred Kent 8:30 a.m. to noon June 16. Participants will meet at 359 State Street, the bike shop, to hear from Kent, a specialist in creating social spaces.

The hands-on workshop will allow participants to walk and observe the downtown landscape, applying Kent’s placemaking principles to identify and create social spaces throughout the downtown area.

For more information on the group or the upcoming event, visit www.losaltosforward.org.

Sunbeam fundraiser features Kara’s founder

The Sunbeam Foundation’s fourth annual “Cooks for a Cure” is scheduled 4 p.m. June 24 in downtown Los Altos. The event is a fundraiser for research to identify a cure for childhood bone cancer.

Nine Los Altos restaurants are donating food to Sunbeam’s progressive dinner. Kara Haspel of Kara’s Cupcakes, this year’s guest chef, will teach guests how to prepare sweet vanilla cupcakes. Participating restaurants include Aldo Los Altos, Ristorante Bella Vita, Fiesta Vallarta, Los Altos Grill, Lulu’s, Mikado, Opa!, Pompeii Ristorante and Spot Pizza.

Highlights include live entertainment and an array of auction items featured both before and after the dinner. Researchers will report on the latest progress made in fighting the disease.

For more information on the event and the Sunbeam Foundation, visit www.sunbeamfoundation.org.

LA-LAH Relay For Life scheduled this weekend

The ninth annual Relay For Life of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Egan Junior High School, 100 W. Portola Ave., Los Altos.

For 24 hours, more than 40 relay teams will walk the school’s track in memory of those touched by cancer, honoring this year’s theme, “The Great Race to a Cure.” The local event has raised more than $2.7 million for the American Cancer Society.

Los Altos resident Bob Mabe and fellow car enthusiasts will stage a Vintage Car Show next to the track 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call Ray Skitt at 209-1833, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.relayforlife.org/losaltosca.

CSA hosts gala Sunday in Mountain View

The Community Services Agency has scheduled its annual Spring Gala 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View.

CSA, the Mountain View-based nonprofit that serves the low-income and elderly, invites the community to “Imagine ...” a future in which social-service safety nets aren’t so crucially in demand. The “Imagine”-themed event aims to contrast technological breakthroughs of the past 50 years with the social work still left to do.

The event will feature food, beer and wine tastings, music and silent and live auctions.

Last year more than 6,000 local residents received help through CSA programs in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, according to Executive Director Tom Myers.

For more information, visit www.csacares.org.

History Museum features ‘Faces’

The Los Altos History Museum presents “Faces of Los Altos” through Sept. 30. The exhibition celebrates residents past and present in conjunction with the city’s 60th anniversary of incorporation.

Along with images from museum archives of those who have lived and worked in town, the exhibition features a new-media and video installation by Lessa Bouchard titled “Recognition.”

Complementing the exhibition is a special event open to the public, “1952-53 – Yes, I Remember It Well!” Scheduled 3-5 p.m. June 24 at the museum, the event will feature a panel discussion of life during the city’s early years.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road, behind the main library. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Admission is free.

For more information, call 948-9427 or visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

Dog adoption event set for Whole Foods

Copper’s Dream Rescue, a nonprofit organization that rescues dogs from high-kill shelters, has teamed with Whole Foods Market in Los Altos for an adoption event 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the market, 4800 El Camino Real.

For more information, visit www.coppersdream.org.

Los Altos police carry the torch

Local residents should keep their eyes peeled at approximately 3 p.m. June 14, as members of the Los Altos Police Department run through town bearing the Special Olympics torch.

The annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run cuts across Santa Clara County each year, starting south of San Jose and ending in Palo Alto.

Los Altos police runners will carry the torch on El Camino Real from El Monte Avenue to Cesano Court, where they hand it off to Palo Alto police representatives.

The Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest year-round fundraising event benefiting the Special Olympics.

The annual intrastate relay and its various fundraising projects have two goals – to raise money and to spread awareness for the athletes who participate in the Northern California Special Olympics.

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