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The art of love : Los Altos resident proposes marriage via art exhibit at CSMA

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Anthony Palomo popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban, with an art exhibit at the Community School of Music and Arts.

Although it was visible to all Community School of Music and Arts visitors Aug. 4, Anthony Palomo designed an exhibit of personal photographs and paintings for an audience of one: his longtime girlfriend, Luz Maria Marban.

Text in acrylic paint featured the necessary words, but Palomo knelt and recited them as well. Marban tossed back her head and laughed. She accepted Palomo’s proposal and exchanged the cup of coffee in her hand for his engagement ring.

Ex-FBI agent turned author has plenty of stories to tell

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Former FBI agent and attorney Russell Atkinson of Los Altos embarked on a new career as a mystery novelist.

Russell Atkinson didn’t set out to become an author – his work experiences led him to it. The longtime Los Altos resident has worked for the FBI, in high-tech security and as an attorney.

“I certainly hadn’t intended to be an author at any point … (but) I had this very compelling story that I felt needed telling,” he said.

Train Days roll in again at Los Altos History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

Foothill-De Anza chancellor highlights innovative programs in Rotary Club talk

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Judy Miner addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Despite state funding cuts, Chancellor Judy C. Miner of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District remains positive about the colleges’ innovative educational programs.

Miner, president of Foothill College for eight years before assuming the chancellor’s role in 2015, discussed the district’s focus and goals at the Aug. 4 Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting, touching on the following areas of progress.

Community Briefs

Library presentation spotlights composting

The Los Altos Library and the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County have scheduled a presentation on “The Science of Composting” 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion will explore the world of composting from the macro to the micro, the elements, the molecules, the bugs and beyond. Attendees can learn about how one small act of waste diversion in the home can have major positive impacts on climate, soil and society.

Los Altos couple organizes walk to fund fight against pancreatic cancer

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The Nichols family – from left, Aaron, Clara, Evan and Leah – is joining the fight against pancreatic cancer.

After dealing with the emotions of losing loved ones to pancreatic cancer, Los Altos residents Aaron and Leah Nichols wanted to bring hope to others going through the same thing.

The couple is organizing the 2016 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, scheduled Oct. 1 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View.

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