Local Arts Roundup: Gallery 9 artist looks (and paints) on the bright side


Courtesy of Mara Catherine Sippel
Mountain View artist Mara Catherine Sippel, whose work appears above, is among a trio of artists participating in the “Rhythm and Color” exhibition at Gallery House in Palo Alto.

Suej McCall is the featured artist for the month of January at Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos.

The watercolorist’s exhibition, “Out and About,” is scheduled to run through Jan. 27.

National Charity League members bring holiday joy to families in need


Laura Fiske/NCL Stanford Hills
Teen members of the National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter filled baskets with holiday treats for families in the Ecumenical Hunger Program.

More than 40 mothers and daughters from National Charity League’s Stanford Hills Chapter worked together to host a festive party at Stanford University Dec. 8 for families served by the Ecumenical Hunger Program. Approximately 100 parents and children attended the annual holiday event.

The families were treated to a meal provided by Stanford University. Volunteers from the Stanford Hills Chapter entertained 65 children with various craft projects, face painting, photos with Santa and treat bags. The moms and daughters baked 80 dozen holiday cookies, which they assembled into centerpieces for the tables. Each family took one home as a gift.

Los Altos History Museum to celebrate Three Kings Day Sunday

The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to celebrate Three Kings Day noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Three Kings Day – also known as Día de los Reyes Magos or the Feast of the Epiphany – will honor the Catholic tradition and Mexican heritage of Juana Briones, the subject of the museum’s current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera.”

Priest explains how recognizing kinship reduces gang membership

Jesuit priest Gregory Boyle presented a timely message for the holiday season by emphasizing the importance of remembering that “we belong to each other” in his appearance at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Dec. 4.

In his presentation “Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention,” Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang abatement program, explained how this basic truth has been at the core of the success of his nonprofit organization, which he founded 30 years ago.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Robert Louis Stevenson's celebrated Christmas in CA


Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries
Robert Louis Stevenson in a photograph taken in Boston.

Christmas 1879 should have been happy for author Robert Louis Stevenson, who had come to California from Scotland in August, pursuing a woman he loved named Fanny Osbourne.

Morning Forum talk highlights SS Athenia, first naval victim of World War II


Sanger

Journalist and author Thomas Sanger told the compelling story of the World War II torpedoing and sinking of the British passenger ship SS Athenia in his Nov. 20 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Athenia Story: The Forgotten Tale of a Passenger Ship Torpedoed on the First Day of WWII.”

The Athenia was the first ship attacked in World War II. Sanger was inspired by the ship’s story, as his grandmother, Rhoda Thomas, was a passenger and a survivor. She wrote 14 letters about her experience and then stashed them away. Finding the letters after she died prompted Sanger to write about the ordeal. His book “Without Warning” is a fictionalized account of the sinking and of the heroism of the crew, especially Chief Officer Barnet Copland.


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