A teen's-eye view: Drone photographer's work on display at library

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Brayden Snedigar, pictured here with his drone, took aerial photos that are on display at the Los Altos main library.

Like many people in Silicon Valley, 13-year-old Brayden Snedigar loves technology. The Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader has turned his passion for technology into art, taking aerial photos from as high as 390 feet using his drone.

“It’s cool to see you can take this work of technology and turn it into a work of art,” Brayden said.

Local artist infuses humor in his offbeat paintings

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“Don’t Take That Call” is one of several works in artist Steve Curtiss’ exhibition “Still Off Center” at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.

With titles such as “Still Life with Cheese Whiz” and “Trouble at Gallery 9,” Steve Curtiss puts a humorous spin on traditional painting subjects. Those oil paintings and 20 more are part of his latest exhibition, “Still Off Center,” slated to run through April 28 at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.

The Los Altos resident said one of his favorite paintings in the show, “Still Life with Financial Advisor,” is an oil painting featuring a man in a suit, a Starbucks coffee and an apple. Curtiss said the painting pokes fun at the experience of going to the bank and listening to someone giving advice on how to manage finances – a play on the traditional still-life paintings that often feature fruit or silverware.

Leaders break ground on construction of Los Altos Rotary Plaza at Foothill College

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Supporters of the Los Altos Rotary Plaza gather April 10 for the groundbreaking. Pictured, from left, are Ron Labetich of the Rotary Club of Los Altos; Tess Chandler, executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation; Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College president; and Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Officials from the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Foothill College gathered April 10 to break ground on the Los Altos Rotary Plaza, a space dedicated to veterans.

The plaza, located between the Veterans Resource Center and the Foothill Disability Resource Center on the Los Altos Hills campus, will serve to bring together veterans and special-education students.

Clear the books on library fines by donating food

Local residents with overdue library fines can eliminate them this month by donating food to those in need.

The Santa Clara County Library District’s Food for Fines program is scheduled to run through the end of April at all seven libraries – including the Los Altos main and Woodland branches as well as the Book- mobile.

Local domestic violence expert brings issue into national spotlight

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Ruth Patrick, left, gets a hug from Megyn Kelly during Patrick’s appearance on “Megyn Kelly TODAY.”

Ruth Patrick of the Los Altos-based domestic violence support group WomenSV brought her message to the national stage April 9 when she appeared with two Silicon Valley-based victims on the “Megyn Kelly TODAY” show.

Patrick, whose nonprofit agency helps victims break free from the physical and emotional trauma of their often powerful, affluent spouses, emphasized that abuse can be just as bad, if not worse, emotionally.

WWI exhibition opens 'Over Here' in LA

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A World War I publicity still is among the highlights of the new Los Altos History Museum exhibition “Over Here,” set to debut Thursday.

The Los Altos History Museum’s new exhibition, “Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I,” is scheduled to open Thursday and run through May 27.

The display, which draws on the holdings of the U.S. National Archives, commemorates the centennial of U.S. involvement in WWI. The exhibition chronicles how the country’s entry in the war marked the beginning of its position as a global power and dramatically affected the home front.

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