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More Morning Forum speakers scheduled

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series runs through June. Presentations are scheduled 10:15 a.m. at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Upcoming speakers and their topics:

Morning Forum welcomes inaugural poet laureate Blanco


Poet Richard Blanco shared his journey from young immigrant to serving as inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s January 2013 inauguration with the Morning Forum of Los Altos April 5.

In his presentation “Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey,” Blanco described his path from immigrant to U.S. citizen. The award-winning poet earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. In addition to reading “One Today” at Obama’s inauguration, he has been a guest speaker on NPR and at conferences across the U.S. and has shared his poems worldwide. He is an author, engineer and educator.

Museum's spring gala showcases historical home

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its Spring Fundraising Gala at the 1920s estate of Nan and Chuck Geschke 4:30-7:30 p.m. May 7.

Guests will get a rare glimpse of the gardens of the historical Los Altos home. The garden party will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres, a classic-car display, plein-air artists, a garden boutique, chamber music and self-guided tours of the gardens.

Community Briefs

Authors discuss book on Silicon Valley

Venture capitalist Jonathan C. Baer and entrepreneur Michelle E. Messina are scheduled to discuss their new book, “Decoding Silicon Valley: The Insider’s Guide,” 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Linden Tree Books, 265 State St., Los Altos.

Baer and Messina will share their tips for navigating the local high-tech landscape and sign copies of their book.

Western Ballet gala set for Saturday

Western Ballet is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a gala performance scheduled 7 p.m. Saturday at the Menlo Atherton Performing Arts Center. That same weekend, the Mountain View-based ballet is also performing its latest production, “Red Riding Hood,” choreographed by Alexi Zubiria. For tickets and more information, visit westernballet.org.

Merger of fine art, technology represented in MV exhibition: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Mark Brown
Artist and photographer Mark Brown’s depiction of Dutch Oven Flat is among his works on display at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

The artwork of Mountain View resident Mark Brown is scheduled for display through June 13 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Brown is an artist, photographer and designer who works in the space where fine art and technology marry, merge and multiply. He has spent more than 30 years combining traditional media and photography and the past 25 years working digitally on Macintosh computer imaging systems, using a palette of 16.9 million colors to create images by writing ones and zeroes on rust with magnets and lasers (the behind-the-screen digital magnetic memory process).

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