Google car painting project calls on artists

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Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites California residents over the age of 13 to submit physical or digital artwork that would decorate the doors of its self-driving car prototypes.


Music and local eats turn spotlight on ovarian cancer

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Jill Hicks, from left, Phoebe Barber, Angela Moran and Annette Pedroza form the core of the group planning the Toasting to Teal event.

Angela Moran was a teenager when her mother died of ovarian cancer at 49, and years later she experienced an ovarian cancer scare herself. Her experiences inspired her to found Toasting to Teal, an organization that hosts an annual fundraiser for ovarian cancer research, scheduled this year in downtown Los Altos.

The fifth annual event is slated 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at Nature Gallery, 296 State St. The event will feature live music, appetizers and drinks, a pop-up spa and a silent and live auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Cancer CAREpoint.


Traveling librarians bring world to home

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Librarian Catherine Arbogast heads out with a personalized book delivery from the Los Altos main library.

Love of learning and curiosity about the world sometimes grow only more urgent as a person spends more and more time at home, limited by age, health condition, or both. Librarians head out from the Los Altos main library each month bearing personalized book deliveries for local readers who can’t make it to the shelves themselves.

Through its Homebound Services program, the Santa Clara County Library District makes prearranged house calls with books and media materials to local residents unable to visit the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries due to temporary or long-term illness or disability. Participants range from the nuns in Los Altos’ Poor Clare monastery to seniors and sick people throughout the community.


Los Altos 'Food Fighters'

The new-to-Los Altos family featured on NBC’s “Food Fighters” last week finished the cook-off triumphant – Amber MacDonald’s family recipes won out over professional chefs in three out of five rounds on the reality show last week.

MacDonald’s spaghetti and meatballs, sausage and pepper sandwich and s’mores dessert were all judged the best by a panel of judges, meaning the former 49ers cheerleader netted a total of $70,000 in the competition.


It's showtime: LAVA's Friday Movie Nights return next week

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Downtown Friday Movie Nights are popular with kids.

The street is closed and the sun is setting as families and friends get their popcorn and blankets ready – it’s outdoor movie night in Los Altos.

The summer tradition returns next week, with movies scheduled Fridays Aug. 7-28 on Main Street at the Third Street intersection.


Rengstorff House hosts garden concert series

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The Rengstorff Arts Festival concert series is slated to kick off with San Jose Taiko 2 p.m. Sunday at Rengstorff House, 3070 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

Additional concerts in the series, all scheduled 2 p.m. at Rengstorff House:


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