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Local Arts Roundup: Local exhibitions feature landscapes, mixed media

Courtesy of CSMA
Heidi Lubin showcases her mixed-media work at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Mohr Gallery through Oct. 1.

Viewpoints Gallery

The work of local artist Kathleen Mitchell is on display at Viewpoints Gallery through Sept. 30.

Inspired by California scenes, Mitchell’s “Contemporary Landscapes” exhibition highlights her view of the natural world filled with textures and brilliant colors. She said she enjoys exploring new techniques and materials that heighten the mood of her paintings.

Physicist illuminates deep concepts for TheatreWorks production


Richard Partridge is a physicist by day, working as group leader on a project involving dark matter research at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

By night, the Los Altos Hills resident recently worked in a vastly different setting: on stage, where he volunteered to explain physics concepts to actors in TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s “Constellations.”

LACF distributes nearly $1.4 million in grants, scholarships

Graphic courtesy of Los Altos Community Foundation
The pie chart above reveals the distribution breakdowns of Los Altos Community Foundation grant funding. The foundation distributed nearly $1.4 million in grants this year.

Los Altos Community Foundation, its donor-advised funds and its programs recently donated more than $1.39 million to local nonprofit organizations and scholarships, a 55 percent increase in giving over the previous year.

LACF awarded Community Grants to 54 agencies that address needs in the areas of youth and education, health and safety, arts and culture, the environment, community building, help for vulnerable populations and support for seniors.

Days of old Los Altos filled with sights and sounds of trains: Santa Clara Valley Lives

Photo Courtesy of California State Railroad Museum
The railroad station at Loyola Corners is gone now, but it was located near the spot where today Tom’s Depot stands. The above photo, circa 1956, was uncovered by local resident Pat Marriott.


Growing up in the Santa Clara Valley, it was impossible to get through a single day without hearing the familiar whistle of a railroad train.

NASA speaker reveals space agency's next challenges to Los Altos Rotarians

Steve Pomeroy/Rotary Club of Los Altos
Michael Dudley addresses the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Michael Dudley said that for all of its space exploration, NASA’s goals are fairly down to earth and include “finding ways to make the Earth a better place” through an understanding of the climate and environment.

Dudley, who addressed the Rotary Club of Los Altos at its Aug. 24 meeting, has served as director of the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute since its establishment in 2012. He said NASA continues to explore the universe both remotely and by “going where no one has gone before.”

Volunteers dig away at Los Altos' trash problem

Megan Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Oliver Breitbart, 14, composts a post- farmers’ market meal as GreenTown Los Altos volunteers Barbara O’Reilly and Linda Ziff ask him about the process.

The dark side of outdoor eating in Los Altos gathers in black garbage bags hefted away by Mission Trail Waste Systems. Despite city rules requiring vendors to use compostable food containers, those dishes and their contents end up in downtown trash bins on an irksome scale.

This summer Los Altos residents Barbara O’Reilly and Linda Ziff made it their mission to disrupt those dustbins.

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