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

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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

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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.

LACF awards $46.5K in grants to 10 local nonprofit groups

Los Altos Community Foundation awarded $46,500 in grants to 10 local nonprofit agencies focused on helping seniors, youth, vulnerable populations and the arts.

The grants will support services such as Bay Area Furniture Bank’s collection and distribution of furniture to families in need, Community Services Agency’s efforts to develop an interfaith group to address local homelessness and economic disparity, and Los Altos Forward’s goal to help expand its Club 55 events for seniors.

Local Girl Scouts build 'little library' as part of Silver Award project

Photo Courtesy of Erica Lundmark
Now freshmen at Mountain View High, Trisha Gongalore, right, from left, Mira Shah and Julia Knopf will receive the Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn – for their project in April.

As cadettes with the Girl Scouts, Mira Shah, Trisha Gongalore and Julia Knopf not only organized a library for a good cause – they also built one with their own hands as part of their Silver Award project.

The three local girls spent a year building a “little library,” a mini-library they installed in August at LifeMoves, an organization that assists the homeless in Palo Alto.

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