Local 2015 AFP honorees recognized at Los Altos History Museum lunch

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The Association of Fundraising Professionals honored a local organization and couple at a recent lunch. Attendees included, from left, Joe Eyre, representing the Los Altos Community Foundation; Los Altos residents Donna and John Shoemaker; and AFP representatives Amber De Buize and Karen Kwan.

The Los Altos History Museum hosted an Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Master’s Series brown bag lunch Oct. 28.

Guests included this year’s National Philanthropy Day honorees – Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers Donna and John Shoemaker of Los Altos and representatives from the Los Altos Community Foundation, the Outstanding Foundation Grant Maker.


Expert explains phytoplankton's effect on climate change at Rotary Club meeting


Microscopic phytoplankton in the Arctic is essential to our daily life, according to Zachary Brown, who recently earned his doctorate in environmental earth system science from Stanford University. Brown discussed “Arctic Climate Change” at the Oct. 22 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

“We wouldn’t be here without (phytoplankton),” said Brown, who has trekked via foot and kayak approximately 2,300 miles from Stanford up the Pacific Coast to Gustavus, Alaska, his hometown.


State senator honors Los Altos resident as 'environmental hero'

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State Sen. Jerry Hill, left, congratulates Los Altos resident Gary Hedden on his Environmental Leadership Champion award. Hedden has organized and participated in numerous local events that promote conservation and sustainability.

State Sen. Jerry Hill, whose 13th District includes Los Altos, honored Gary Hedden Thursday as an “environmental hero” during a coffee klatch Hill hosted at Main Street Cafe & Books in downtown Los Altos.

Hill presented Hedden with the Environmental Leadership Champion award for the Los Altos resident’s range of activities, from his work with GreenTown Los Altos to his creation of spring and fall cycling tours of the city’s historical sites.


Harvard astronomer discusses 'Runaway Universe' at Foothill

Harvard University Professor Robert Kirshner, Ph.D., is scheduled to present “Einstein’s Blunder Undone: The Runaway Universe,” an illustrated, nontechnical lecture, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Kirshner’s talk will explore the methods used to discover the cosmic acceleration and present the evidence that we live in a universe that is only 4 percent matter like the atoms of the periodic table, with the balance divided between dark energy speeding up the universe and equally mysterious dark matter drawing things together.


City invites creative minds to rack their brains for bike rack competition

Courtesy of City of Los Altos
The city of Los Altos invites creative minds to brush up on their homework and submit designs for bike racks set to be installed throughout the city.

The city of Los Altos and the Public Arts Commission encourage local residents to submit ideas for an artistic bike rack competition. The deadline for submissions, through computerized or hand-drawn image, is Nov. 23.

According to commission officials, the project “seeks to add a new element of distinctive public art to city streets and provide an opportunity for the community to think creatively and imaginatively about public streetscapes.”


More music, merriment lie ahead at downtown First Friday event

The next First Friday event is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors are invited to browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts and complimentary refreshments. Many restaurants will serve a “First Friday Special.”


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