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Eclectic speaker lineup highlights upcoming Celebrity Forum series

The 47th Annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series. Founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.

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Library offers class on 'Google Tips &Tricks'

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a workshop on “Google Tips & Tricks” 2-3 p.m. Sept. 23 at the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The workshop will offer information on popular search terms and how to limit Google searches to specific requests. Topics will include Google Crisis Maps, Google Trends, Google Scholar and Google Advanced.

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Next History Museum exhibition explores Silicon Valley legends


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Hewlett-Packard Co. co-founder David Packard calibrates HP’s audio oscillator, designed for testing sound equipment. Packard and other Silicon Valley legends are the subject of a new fall exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum.

The Los Altos History Museum’s next exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure and the Legends,” is scheduled to open Oct. 19 and run through April.

According to organizers, the exhibition will explore the transition of the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators and reveal the visionaries and risk-takers behind the evolution.

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Community Briefs

Linden Tree concert series continues

The Linden Tree Books Summer 2014 Concert Series is underway in downtown Los Altos. Performances are slated 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 13 at Linden Tree, 265 State St.

The remaining schedule:

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Viewpoints exhibition is for the birds: Local Arts Roundup


"Sandhill Lineup," above, a painting by artist and bird aficionado Floy Zittin, is on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

“The Bird Show II,” a solo exhibition by artist Floy Zittin, runs through Aug. 30 at Viewpoints Gallery, 315 State St., Los Altos.

The exhibition features Zittin’s paintings of hummingbirds, hawks, herons and other feathered varieties.

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Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice cream into waffle cones in the staff room of Akraya Inc. in Sunnyvale. It’s not a birthday celebration, but a gathering to honor international friendships.

For one week, the Silicon Valley staffing firm – co-founded in 2002 by Los Altos residents Sonu Ratra and her husband, Amar Panchal – is mentoring two women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda through the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and its Peace Through Business program.

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