Locally produced documentary puts human face to housing crisis

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus hosted a pre-screening April 23 of a new documentary, “Los Altos: A Place to Call Home in Silicon Valley?”

The film is part of the group’s ongoing effort to highlight the affordable housing crisis and its impact on area residents – even in affluent Los Altos.

Museum marks Preservation Month with exhibition on bungalows

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The Los Altos History Museum will offer a guided tour of the J. Gilbert Smith House, above, May 10.

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to commemorate May as Preservation Month with the opening of the exhibition “Dormers to Doors: A Look at a California Bungalow,” on display May 10 through June 17 in the museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition will explore the California bungalow style, and how aspects of the house were inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th century.

GreenTown tour promotes lawn removal

Courtesy of Gary Hedden
Linda Ziff, far left, and Gary Hedden, center holding blue bike, lead GreenTown Los Altos’ Lawn Be Gone walking and bicycle tours.

GreenTown Los Altos hosted Lawn Be Gone bicycle and walking garden tours April 21 in the Dos Palos neighborhood.

Attendees included a contingent of walking residents from The Terraces at Los Altos.

Celebrate Earth's resources with creative reuse

Imagine this: If all people on our precious planet consumed food, clothing and goods at the rate Americans consume, we would need more than 5.1 Earths to sustain us. The problem is, we have only one.

The products we consume impact people and the planet throughout their lifecycle: from extraction, production and distribution to consumption and disposal. Businesses are producing products to maximize profits. Consumers are purchasing to minimize costs. But the costs to the environment and our future are often not included on either side of the equation.

Local teen earns berth in national Brain Bee

Courtesy of Jaydev Bhateja
Jaydev Bhateja of Los Altos Hills, center, placed 22nd at the national Brain Bee competition March 18 in Maryland.

While Jaydev Bhateja was disappointed not to win the Brain Bee national neuroscience competition, the high school junior won’t let it deter him from his ultimate goal.

“I would like to pursue neuroscience in the research or the clinical field,” said the Los Altos Hills resident, who placed 22nd out of 54 competitors at the Brain Bee in mid-March. “I really like asking questions, and neuroscience is the place that has the most questions to answer. Neuroscience is the field that needs the most exploration.”

Rotary Club raffle of Shona sculptures supports polio campaign

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Rotary Club of Los Altos president Frank Verlot, from left, Stanford University professor Peter Koltai and Nature Gallery owner Carol Garsten admire a Shona sculpture on display at Garsten’s downtown Los Altos shop.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos is raffling off two Shona sculptures made by artists from Zimbabwe, a fundraiser for its Polio Plus campaign to eradicate polio worldwide.

The sculptures are on display at Nature Gallery, 296 State St. in Los Altos, through May 18, and then will be exhibited at the Rotary Club’s Fine Art in the Park event, scheduled May 19 and 20 in Lincoln Park.

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