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Photographers focus on upcoming Fine Art in the Park event

Courtesy of Susanne Karlak
Photographer Susanne Karlak plans to exhibit photos like her “Painterly Cherry Blossoms” at the Fine Art in the Park show May 14 and 15.

More than 170 juried artists are scheduled to participate in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Fine Art in the Park event 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 14 and 15 in Lincoln Park.

The 41st year of the open-air art show will feature the works of 18 photographers. Following are brief introductions to a few.

Community Conversation tracks history of cable cars

Author and former KRON-TV news reporter Rick Laubscher is scheduled to discuss “How San Francisco Saved Its Heart” 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Laubscher’s presentation will explore how San Francisco nearly lost its iconic cable cars and streetcars, and how the attractions were saved by citizen-preservationists.

Local youth takes Eagle Scout project to Nepal to aid those in need

Nico Suppiah of Los Altos plans to help 350 children in a Nepalese village damaged by last year’s earthquake.

When Boy Scout Nico Suppiah of Los Altos was looking for an Eagle Project last December, he remembered the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal earlier that year.

“During Christmas with my mom’s family in Malaysia, my aunt introduced me to her friend who runs a nonprofit in Nepal, Mr. Chet Bhatia,” said Nico, a member of Los Altos-based Troop 75. “We talked a few times on the phone, and after many emails, I decided this (was) the right project for me.”

Los Altos, Los Altos Hills artists open doors for annual Silicon Valley Open Studios tour

Now in its 30th year, Silicon Valley Open Studios offers the opportunity to observe artists at work. Artists from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are scheduled to open their studios to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22.

More than 380 artists in 150 locations will display their art. The artists work in a variety of visual media, including painting, fiber arts, printmaking, mixed media, jewelry, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Long-standing decorative arts club not limited to glass: Los Altos group seeks new members

Did you know that the Glass and Decorative Arts Club of Los Altos has been around for approximately 50 years? Did you even know that there’s a Glass and Decorative Arts Club of Los Altos?

You can be forgiven if you answered no to both. The long-standing club, dedicated to all kinds of collections, has operated quietly for years, making it one of the best-kept secrets in town.

Simitian explains government's bad rap to Rotarians

John Hammerschmidt/ Rotary Club of Los Altos
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 7.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian explained to the Rotary Club of Los Altos April 7 why he believes that the public views government as “us versus them” rather than serving the public’s needs.

Throughout his many years serving in public office, including 12 years in the state Legislature in Sacramento, the Democrat has spent time chatting with constituents of all political persuasions to learn about their frustrations. He routinely conducts Sidewalk Office Hours at the Los Altos Farmers’ Market.

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