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Next History Museum exhibition explores Silicon Valley legends


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder David Packard calibrates HP’s audio oscillator, designed for testing sound equipment. Packard and other Silicon Valley legends are the subject of a new fall exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos History Museum’s next exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends,” is scheduled to open Oct. 19 and run through April.

According to organizers, the exhibition will explore the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveal the visionaries and risk-takers behind the evolution.

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Community Briefs

Linden Tree concert series continues

The Linden Tree Books Summer 2014 Concert Series is underway in downtown Los Altos. Performances are slated 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13 at Linden Tree, 265 State St.

The remaining schedule:

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Viewpoints exhibition is for the birds: Local Arts Roundup


"Sandhill Lineup," above, a painting by artist and bird aficionado Floy Zittin, is on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

“The Bird Show II,” a solo exhibition by artist Floy Zittin, runs through Aug. 30 at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

The exhibition features Zittin’s paintings of hummingbirds, hawks, herons and other feathered varieties.

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Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice cream into waffle cones in the staff room of Akraya Inc. in Sunnyvale. It’s not a birthday celebration, but a gathering to honor international friendships.

For one week, the Silicon Valley staffing firm – co-founded in 2002 by Los Altos residents Sonu Ratra and her husband, Amar Panchal – is mentoring two women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda through the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and its Peace Through Business program.

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Downtown movie nights revive fantasy heroes of childhoods past


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“Harry Potter” films draw hundreds of movie-goers to Main Street each August as part of the city’s Friday Movie Nights series. This year the series goes deep into the childhood fantasy canon, with villains from decades past joining the Malfoys in the lineup.

Los Altos’ free outdoor movie nights light up starting Friday evening, and this year’s roster of films introduces young viewers to high-flying, witch-battling, sorcerous adventures spanning the last century. The lineup will also likely delight parents who’ve gone too long without remembering Falkor and Atreyu, Mr. Tumnus the Faun and, of course, Dorothy.

The Los Altos Village Association (LAVA) hoists a screen across Main Street for Friday Movie Nights as families spread out blankets, chairs and picnics at downtown’s core. Beginning at 6 p.m., bounce houses, a face painter and a balloon artist entertain children, and stores and restaurants remain open across downtown.

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Local judge teaches lesson in civil rights at Los Altos Rotary Club


Courtesy of Randy Gard
Len Edwards addresses Los Altos Rotarians July 17.

Retired Superior Court Judge Len Edwards taught a living history lesson to the Rotary Club of Los Altos July 17 as he described his personal experiences as an early participant in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

During the summer of 1964, Edwards traveled to the South to fight for blacks’ right to register to vote. He has seen dramatic changes since then.

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