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Rogue runners invade Los Altos


The annual New Year’s Day fun run, this year with the theme “Rogue Run,” drew roughly 800-900 participants to downtown Los Altos, above, according to Los Altos Recreation & Community Services organizers. Adopting a theme from the latest Star Wars movie, “Rogue One,” the 5K run and walk included some runners dressed as Star Wars characters. “We had a Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a Rey that I saw,” said event organizer Jaime Chew. “We also had many in Star Wars T-shirts as well.”

Los Altos resident's workshop illustrates new way to track resolutions

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Los Altos resident Kanesha Baynard calls bullet journaling (example at left) “a creative outlet for tracking your information.”

Los Altos resident Kanesha Baynard is starting the new year with an indexed, rainbow-hued approach to organization. She uses bullet journaling to catalog what’s going on in her life with the old-fashioned assistance of a pen and paper.

As a “creative outlet for tracking your information,” Baynard said the journals are meant to dismantle the notion of a rigid task list – instead illustrating future goals (and chores and doodles) through whatever process translates best for each individual thinker. Product designer Ryder Carroll created the concept of bullet journaling, which has been further popularized in colorful journaling photos shared on Instagram and Pinterest.

Opening 'The Gift': Short film debuts online this weekend


It’s taken approximately two years to open “The Gift,” and it’s happening just after the holidays.

The short film by Lisa Belcher, based on the story by her brother Steve Wayne of Los Altos, is scheduled to debut online Sunday. Belcher finished the film in 2014 and secured a distributor in November. “The Gift” has played at film festivals around the world and has won seven awards.

Los Altos galleries premiere new art exhibitions: Local Arts Roundup

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Suej McCall’s work is featured this month at Gallery 9.

Two downtown Los Altos galleries are debuting new exhibitions in January.

Gallery 9

Artist Suej McCall is scheduled to display her work in the exhibition “Reflections: Vibrant Watercolors” through Jan. 29 at Gallery 9.

Los Altos Community Foundation recruits senior volunteers

Los Altos Community Foundation seeks volunteers to serve in a variety of areas.

The foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement, offers a number of volunteer opportunities suited for older adults with time on their hands and expertise to spare – and share.

Morning Forum: Expert explains dangers of climate change, denial

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Gary Griggs, professor of earth and planetary sciences at UC Santa Cruz, addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos Dec. 6.

In his Dec. 6 Morning Forum presentation on “Climate Change and the California Coast,” researcher Gary Griggs explained why it is so essential that people understand what he called the “biggest challenge civilization has ever had to face.”

Griggs, professor of earth and planetary sciences and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, shared one of his favorite quotes: “The wonderful thing about science is that it’s true whether you believe it or not.”

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