On the right path


 

The Los Altos Hills New Year’s Day hike enjoyed its largest turnout ever, according to organizers, with more than 120 walkers and approximately a dozen dogs hitting the trail for an adventure on the town’s pathways. “It was gorgeous weather, and wonderful to see so many families out enjoying the day,” said Melissa Dyrdahl, vice chairwoman of the Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee. “The most common comment I heard was, ‘I had no idea there were all of these pathways in Los Altos Hills!’”

Realtor charitable foundation's donations top $49K

The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation donated $49,203 in 2017 to nonprofit organizations that help homeless and low-income individuals and families in Silicon Valley.

The foundation also funded scholarships for graduating seniors from public high schools in the region and disbursed $1,000 from the John Tripp Silicon Valley Realtors Veterans Scholarship Endowment to students at Foothill and De Anza colleges, with one student from each school receiving $500.

Local Arts Roundup: New exhibitions debut at downtown galleries


Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
Artist Kathleen Mitchell’s depiction of sunflowers is one of several of her watercolors currently on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

Gallery 9

Cecilia Mases is the featured artist this month at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos. Mases’ exhibition of oil and acrylic paintings, “Dancing Clouds,” runs through Jan. 29 at the gallery.

Following Mases’ display, woodturning artist Ken McCloud and several fine-art photographers will join forces for the exhibition “The Wonders of Mother Nature,” slated Jan. 30 through Feb. 25. A reception for the artists is scheduled 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Rengstorff House needs volunteers

 

City of Mountain View officials seek to expand visitor hours at Rengstorff House in Shoreline Park, a move that requires volunteer docents.

20th annual ReCYCLE Bike Drive generates 80 bikes for students in need


Courtesy of Gary Hedden
Kathleen Santora, left, and Margie Suozzo flank Theresa Lambert, Castro Elementary School principal, as they deliver recycled bicycles for students in need.

Two decades ago, Kathleen Santora launched the ReCYCLE Bike Drive at St. Nicholas Catholic School in Los Altos Hills. In recent years, the drive has evolved into a broader community event.

For its 20th anniversary last November, Santora – with the help of GreenTown Los Altos – collected 80 bicycles for distribution to students in need.

Local residents greet the new year with brisk run


Courtesy of city of Los Altos
Some participants in this year’s Fun Run joined in the spirit of the “Star Wars” theme by dressing up as iconic characters from the franchise – a few stormtroopers were seen jogging around.

 

Aided by unseasonably dry weather, the city of Los Altos’ New Year’s Day Fun Run went smoothly, organizers said, with approximately 800 people participating in the annual event.


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