Super genes subject of Chopra's Foothill College appearance


East West Bookshop has scheduled author Deepak Chopra to discuss “Super Genes: The Future of Well-Being” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Chopra’s presentation will cover a new understanding of genes and how simple changes in lifestyle can boost genetic activity. For decades, medical science has believed that genes determine biological destiny. The new understanding of genes has changed that assumption, and Chopra will explore practical ways to experience higher consciousness, transformation and healing through what people think, say and do.


Teal means food allergies are for real

Photos courtesy of Mansi Tripathi
Mansi Tripathi of Los Altos supports the Teal Pumpkin Project for children with food allergies. Her 18-month-old daughter, Mira, paints her pumpkin teal to alert trick-or-treaters that her house is serving treats appropriate for those with food allergies.

Mira Tripathi painted her pumpkin teal this year to signify to trick-or-treaters that her Los Altos home will distribute nonfood items on Halloween.

Mira, 18 months, is allergic to nuts, so her mother, Mansi, is supporting the nationwide Teal Pumpkin Project with hopes that the movement will spread.


Union Presbyterian concert supports Syrian refugees

Courtesy of UNICEF
Union Presbyterian Church’s benefit concert “Los Altos Cares” aims to help Syrian refugees in the war-torn country.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos has scheduled “Los Altos Cares: A Community Benefit Concert to Aid Syrian Refugees” 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the church, 858 University Ave.

Performers will include the choruses from Mountain View High, Blach Intermediate and Egan Junior High schools; teen pianist Cara Burks; soprano Gosia Hoot; baritone Ron Kistler; Union Presbyterian Church’s Celebration Singers; and singers from Cornerstone Church of Silicon Valley.


Residents encouraged to become BAT leaders

The Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT) has scheduled training sessions 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 18 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

BATs are partnering with the city of Los Altos and the Santa Clara County Fire Department to provide residents with information in the event of a major emergency.


Scouts clean creek, freak over 'voodoo doll'

Members of Boy Scout Troop 80, from left, Antonio Gonzales, Will Fitch, Sam Vincent and Vasu Singha recently picked up trash along Stevens Creek in Los Altos and Mountain View. According to Assistant Scoutmaster John Fitch, the boys hauled out 26 bags of trash they collected from just one-third of a mile along the creekbed. “Paint cans from graffiti sites contributed the majority of the trash,” Fitch said. Among other items found were a “voodoo doll,” above, a garden hose, shopping carts and golf balls. Troop 80 meets Monday nights at First Presbyterian Church in Mountain View.


Del Castillo Ditzel's photography, paintings on display at LAH Town Hall: Local Arts Roundup

courtesy of Gallery 9
The art of Lisa Carpenter is scheduled for display at Gallery 9 through the end of November.

The fine-art photography and paintings of Inmaculada Del Castillo Ditzel are on display at Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Del Castillo Ditzel’s photographs and floral paintings – reverse painted on plexiglass – are on display through January.


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