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.


Pianist performs Romantic favorites for Rotary crowd

Chuck Lindauer/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotary Club of Los Altos members Jerry Moison and Lina Broydo flank Feb. 12 guest Gwendolyn Mok, a pianist who performed for the club and discussed the great classical composers.

Complementing her concert-quality performance with tales of the composers’ personal lives, pianist Gwendolyn Mok entertained the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 12 with Romantic period music in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Mok teaches at San Jose State University, where she serves as coordinator of keyboard studies. She earned the 2008 Outstanding Artistic Achievement Award from the university’s College of Humanities and the Arts. Sponsored throughout her education by scholarships, Mok studied at the United Nations International School, Juilliard, Yale and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Among her career highlights, she directed “Informance!,” a music program that benefited 400 children in East London schools.


Local architect touts new technology in realizing vision for development


Local architect Bill Maston highlighted the latest in design and planning tools for visualizing development in the presentation “What You See Is What You Get” March 5 at the Los Altos main library.

Part of Los Altos Forward’s Community Conversation series, Maston’s talk explained how city planners, developers and architects have moved past flat, two-dimensional maps into new technology. Maston, principal of William Maston and Associates in Mountain View, said his colleagues, including project manager Eyal Ravid, can take a Google Earth map, combine it with SketchUp software and in a few hours create a rendering that brings a map to life.


Celebrity storytime with the chief

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis reads to children March 3 at a Celebrities Read event, a storytime series underway at the Los Altos Library. Younis’ attentive audience heard all about “Officer Buckle and Gloria,” whose safety tips for children – and adults – are revealed in Peggy Rathmann’s book. Celebrities Read continues through today at the main and Woodland Branch libraries as part of Silicon Valley Reads 2015.


Deer Hollow schedules farm tours in April & May

Courtesy of Elizabeth Montgomery
A kid pets a kid during a past spring tour at Deer Hollow Farm. The farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, is well attended by Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents. Spring farms tours are offered in April and May.

The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has scheduled spring farm tours 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 18 and May 9 at the farm, located in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve.

“They have always been very popular and well attended by Los Altos and Los Altos Hills families,” said Friends spokeswoman Elizabeth Montgomery.


Neutra House speaker series continues Thursday

The 2015 Los Altos Neutra House Architecture Speaker Series, “The Evolution of Modernism,” features speakers highlighting various aspects of modern architecture.

All events are scheduled 6-7 p.m. at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. in Los Altos, followed by a reception at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.


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