Lectures highlight Vermeer exhibition
Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present two illustrated lectures on an exhibition that includes Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” 7:30-9 p.m. Feb. 6 and 13 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.
The lectures explore “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis,” the exhibition that runs Jan. 26 through June 2 at the de Young Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The painting, sometimes referred to as the “Dutch Mona Lisa,” has demonstrated a powerful cultural impact in the areas of literature and cinema.
In addition to Vermeer’s masterpiece, the de Young exhibition will include more than 30 additional paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Carel Fabritius, Gerard ter Borch and Rachel Ruysch.
For more information on the lectures, call 948-7683 or visit www.santaclaracountylib.org.
Wildcats return to Foothill College
Wildcat specialists Rob and Barbara Dicely have scheduled a Wildcat Adventure presentation 2 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
The presentation, sponsored by the nonprofit Wild Cat Education and Conservation Fund, will feature five live wildcats, which could include a cougar, cheetah, serval, lynx, caracal or Geoffroy’s cat. Each cat is shown onstage as information about its habits, habitat and survival issues is shared.
The presentation will take place in Appreciation Hall, Room 1501. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children under 10.
Pro-choice rally set for Tuesday
The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled its annual pro-choice rally and walk, Step Out for Pro-Choice, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The event starts at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road, and returns to the center at 12:30 p.m. The community is invited to participate.
Sylvia Yen, M.D., M.P.H., of the Center for Adolescent Health will address the group before the walk departs. Yen is clinical assistant professor at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, affiliated with the Stanford Medical School and sees patients at Mountain View’s Center for Adolescent Health. She has served on the board of the Center for Reproductive Rights and is a co-founder of SheHeroes, a nonprofit devoted to helping teenage girls overcome stereotypes and realize their dreams.
The walk commemorates the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The walk was founded in 2002 to offer counterpoint to the local implementation of the National Walk for Life.
Registration is $2 at the door.
Museum features ‘Bear in Mind’ display
The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled “Bear in Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly,” on display through March 24.
Naturalist Garth Harwood of Hidden Villa will discuss the bears’ habitat 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the museum. The program is free. Refreshments will be served.
Scientists estimate that 10,000 grizzlies once roamed California. With increased settlement, loss of habitat and hunting, the grizzly vanished from the state by the early 1900s.
The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road. Admission is free. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org or call 948-9427.
Neutra speaker series continues through March
Los Altos Neutra House’s 2012-2013 Architecture + Design Speaker Series, in its fourth year, runs through March, usually 6-7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, at Hillview Community Center.
The goal of the six-month series, whose theme is “Modernism – Defined and Redefined,” is to offer local audiences the opportunity to learn about trends and traditions in modern architecture and design in an interactive setting.
• Feb. 7: Cass Calder Smith will discuss his residential work, notable for its positive and negative outdoor space connections.
• March 14: Leo Marmol, FAIA, of Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles will discuss the firm’s approach to restoration of homes designed by Richard Neutra, Cliff May and John Lautner.
General admission to each lecture is $20. Student tickets are $10.
For advance tickets and more information, visit www.neutrahouse.org.