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Author of apricot book schedules appearances

Los Altos author Robin Chapman’s “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley” (History Press), published in April, has vaulted into the top 10 of the publisher’s 1,200 titles, sending it into a second printing six weeks after publication.

Chapman is scheduled to discuss her book 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road. The event, free and open to the public, will include a book signing and an “all-apricot reception.”

Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, will host Chapman for its Arts and Lectures program 7:30 p.m. July 30.

Chapman, a Los Altos native, returned to her hometown a few years ago after a bicoastal career as a television journalist, including a stint at KRON-TV in San Francisco. She said she is overwhelmed by the book’s reception.

“I knew I had an affection for the orchards,” she said, “but this response has been great. It is really gratifying.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ApricotOrchards.

LA Library hosts summer presentations

The Los Altos Library has scheduled two presentations as part of its 2013 “Beneath the Surface” summer reading program.

• 7 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library: “Twins from Brazil: Joseph Mengele, ‘Angel of Death.’” Evergreen College biology instructor Mark Okuda will explore how Adolf Hitler hired Dr. Mengele for the sole purpose of studying the biology of twinning. Hitler’s hope was that through the human experimentation on twins, Mengele would create an Aryan race that could dominate the world. When World War II ended, Mengele sought refuge in South America. Is it coincidence that a small town in Brazil has, to this day, an unusually high rate of twin births?

• 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Program Room of the main library: “Lost Santa Clara County.” Photographer and writer Josh Marcotte will share his photos and discuss exploring the forgotten, documenting to preserve for the future, and how his experiences growing up in Silicon Valley inspire his ongoing photo project, “Lost San Jose.”

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

The Los Altos main library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, call 948-7683 or visit www.sccl.org.

Summer Concert Series continues July 11

The Los Altos Recreation Department has scheduled a variety of musical acts to headline its annual Summer Concert Series. The free family concerts are slated 6:30-8 p.m. at Hillview Soccer Field, 97 Hillview Ave., or Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave., in Los Altos.

The lineup includes:

• July 11: Daze on the Green, classic rock, Hillview Soccer Field.

• July 18: Sun Kings, Beatles tribute band, Grant Park.

• July 25: Big Bang Beat, rock and soul, Hillview Soccer Field.

• Aug. 1: The Houserockers, classic rock, Grant Park.

For more information, visit www.losaltosrecreation.org.

July 5 has celebration, too: First Friday slated

First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

Visitors are invited to browse and shop at the open stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments.

Live entertainment includes Fully Funded, The Sunday Seven, Black Mountain Radio, the Mariachi Band, the guitar duo of Chris Burton and TJ Lascola, and harpist Katherine Healzer.

More than 20 downtown restaurants will prepare a wide selection of cuisines.

Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy downtown, organizes First Fridays to encourage fun, social and community-building evenings for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding communities. Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

For more information, visit losaltosfirstfriday.org.

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