Downtown galleries continue to show work; new outdoor sculpture installed

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The work of artist Debbie Bakker is on display at Viewpoints Gallery in Los Altos.

Viewpoints Gallery, returning to exhibiting art, features the work of watercolorist Debbie Bakker in a new show, “Luscious,” running through Aug. 1.

The cows come home to Colleen Drive – displays provide ‘mooving’ experience for neighbors

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The cow displays along Colleen Drive in Los Altos reflect various occasions and events. Here is a recent Fourth of July-themed critter.

There’s no shortage of cows – or cow puns – for the neighbors of Colleen and Kay drives in Los Altos.

Dance Festival@Silicon Valley set Aug. 8, 9 as online, free event

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Indian dancer Shambhavi Dandekar is among the artists scheduled to perform at this year’s virtual edition of Dance Festival@Silicon Valley.

The ninth International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley is scheduled Aug. 8 and 9. Usually held in Mountain View, this year’s classes and performances will be offered online at no charge.

Stay-at-home special: Los Altos crossword setter creates local puzzle

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Viresh Ratnakar, pictured with dog Oona, has a framed copy of Gussalufz’s first crossword in The Hindu on display at home.

Los Altos resident Viresh Ratnakar’s pursuit of clues began with doing crossword puzzles, then making them, then building the infrastructure hosting the puzzle itself.

You can use his free open-source software, Exolve, to create your own interactively solvable crosswords (and discover how he constructs his). At the bottom of this story you'll find a cryptic crossword, "Last Solo," Ratnakar created for Town Crier readers this week (see if you can notice a theme as you work it). He’s a regular crossword setter for The Hindu, one of India’s major English-language newspapers, and follows the British convention of using a playful pseudonym – Gussalufz – to sign his work. It’s a punning transliteration of “crossword” to Hindi.

Videos capture spectacle of local wildlife

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The wildlife videos of Ron Marks can be seen on his YouTube channel.

Visitors to the usually peaceful Redwood Grove, located off University Avenue in Los Altos, might have been aware of increased activity in recent months. It turns out that the source of the strange – and loud – chattering and squawking, high in the canopy, was a colony of nesting great blue herons.

Genealogy experts share tips, motivations for researching family roots

From arts and crafts to Marie Kondo-grade reorgs, the COVID-19 pandemic has afforded the sheltered in place plenty of opportunity to complete any number of long-delayed personal projects. Count among them the family tree chart.

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