Circle of Support fundraiser bolsters domestic violence prevention

Tasneem Ismailji

Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley’s 12th annual Circle of Support Luncheon is scheduled 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 1 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club, 2900 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park.

The organization is slated to honor Los Altos Hills resident and domestic violence prevention researcher Tasneem Ismailji, M.D., MPH, at the event. Ismailji is current board chairwoman and past president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, which works to advance health education and research on the prevention, recognition and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse. A practicing pediatrician for 20 years, she served three terms on the Family & Children Services Board of Directors, including a stint as chairwoman.


Silicon Valley Open Studios tours scheduled in May: Local Arts Roundup

Courtesy of Gallery 9
“Excitement at the Pool” by artist Steve Curtiss is on display at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos this month.

South Bay, Peninsula and coastal artists will open their studios to the public during the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios event, scheduled in May.

Now in its 29th year, the tours invite visitors to experience a variety of art in the artists’ personal studios. Artists will be exhibiting in Los Altos 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10.


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April 23

Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Business EXPO, 4-7 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. Information: losaltoschamber.org.


Community Briefs

Docent spotlights de Young exhibition

Fine-arts docent Kay Payne is scheduled to present a free illustrated lecture, “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland,” 7:30 p.m. April 8 in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Payne’s presentation highlights the exhibition of the same name, on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco through May 31.


Service dogs bring smiles, comfort to veterans at Foothill College center

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Charles Viajar, student and U.S. Navy veteran, brings his four-legged companion Bruno to the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Bruno, a 2-year-old Imperial Shih Tzu, is trained to assist Viajar with mobility problems related to his foot injury.

Every day when David Granfard wakes up, he salutes his dog.


Drone demonstration highlights LA History Museum Family Day

Photos by Gary Hedden/ Special to the Town Crier
Young visitors, right, examine a social robot at the Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day March 14 as longtime museum volunteer Nan Geschke observes. A drone flies above the museum during a demo, above.

The Los Altos History Museum’s Family Day/Young Minds @ the Museum drew a crowd of all ages March 14. The event, hosted in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” featured a variety of high-tech innovations.

Most popular among the displays, according to organizers, was the drone demonstration, with their four engines, whirling blades and buzzing sounds attracting an army of onlookers.


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