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History Museum asks artists to ‘Paint the Town’

The Los Altos History Museum has issued a call for artists to participate in its upcoming exhibition, “Paint the Town II: Echoes of Our Past.”

Museum officials are asking local artists to look for man-made structures in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the surrounding area that help illustrate the region’s past.

Artists may submit up to five works featuring historical scenes – places, buildings, structures, memorials and homes – that help tell the story of the area’s history.

The exhibition’s title pays homage to the first “Paint the Town” event in 1999, an effort led by Town Crier publishers Paul and Liz Nyberg that culminated in a book that captured downtown Los Altos on the cusp of the new millennium. The latest effort will result in a juried exhibition at the museum that is scheduled for display June 21 through Oct. 7. The museum will host a reception July 1 announcing the prize winners.

The deadline to apply is March 15, and sites must be painted by June 1. The application is available on the museum’s website, along with a list and map of potential historical sites. There is no application fee.

To apply and for more information, visit

LAH Town Hall hosts ‘Odyssey’ exhibition

The exhibition “Odyssey,” showcasing the work of local artist Judy Gittelsohn, is scheduled for display March 18 through Sept. 15 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception featuring live music, refreshments and wine is slated 2-5 p.m. March 18 at town hall.

The exhibition is arranged in four parts, with a story created of rhythms, poems, colors and tone.

Gittelsohn has been painting in the Bay Area for more than 30 years. The subjects she depicts run the gamut of words or concepts, symbols, figures, nature and recognizable forms.

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SV Reads spotlights self-compassion for teens

Silicon Valley Reads is scheduled to present “Mindfulness: Learning To Be Happy, Healthy and Stress Free,” an introduction to guided meditation, 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The event is one of more than 100 free activities highlighting the 2018 Silicon Valley Reads theme, “No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion,” and its focus on the challenges of caregiving.

Other Silicon Valley Reads events scheduled for the Los Altos main library include: “Self-Care for Caregivers” with mindfulness teacher Emily Hine, set for 7 p.m. Monday.

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Group commemorates World Friendship Day

Friendship Force of the San Francisco Bay Area is scheduled to celebrate World Friendship Day 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Jeremi Snook, president and CEO of Friendship Force International, will speak on “Journey Towards Peace.”

Friendship Force International was founded in 1984 to promote global understanding and peace through international friendships. Under the motto “Experience different views, discover common ground,” club members travel to other countries to build lasting friendships through homestay visits, seeking to overcome differences among people and nations. By combining home hospitality with cultural exploration, members aim to reach a new level of understanding. The nonprofit organization has more than 15,000 members worldwide,

Admission is free and open to the public.

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