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:


Library Briefs

Libraries push for teen participation

Santa Clara County libraries, including the main and Woodland branches in Los Altos, have issued a “Summer Challenge” with the aim to inspire teens to read.

The “Summer Challenge” program, which runs through Aug. 15, encourages participants to read and discover their inner heroes. Other programs for youth ages 13-18 include tech workshops, henna art and graphic novel workshops.


Local resident cooks her way from cheerleader to Food Fighters

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Amber MacDonald competes on an episode of “Food Fighters,” scheduled to air 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.

A newly arrived Los Altos family has an unusually public get-to-know-you moment this week – Amber MacDonald and her family are appearing 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC on an episode of “Food Fighters.”

MacDonald, daughter Ava and husband CJ are in the midst of building a house in north Los Altos near the Sweet Shop, but they took time to fly down to Los Angeles for a whirlwind tour of life on reality TV. The culinary game show pits home cooks against professional chefs, many of them food celebrities.


McConnell discusses Rock the Garden, leadership role at Montalvo

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Angela McConnell

Los Altos resident Angela McConnell is heavily involved in Rock the Garden, an outdoor art, music and food festival scheduled 6-10 p.m. Friday at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

McConnell, in her seventh year as the center’s executive director, helped plan the annual event, which features current and former artists-in-residence and a host of dining options. Admission is free.


Library lecture spotlights Downton Abbey

Welsh musician Dulais Rhys is scheduled to present the illustrated lecture “Downton Abbey: The Music and the Era” 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Since it premiered in 2010, “Downton Abbey” has generated a following among Edwardian-era enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic. The show, which chronicles life and love in a historic English country house, is PBS’s highest-rated drama in four decades. An estimated 120 million viewers in more than 200 countries watched season five, and a sixth is in production.


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