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Community Briefs: Open studios, library endowment speaker

Open Studios artists show work at library

Silicon Valley Open Studios (SVOS) artists are scheduled to present a show of their works through the end April at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

In past years, hundreds of Silicon Valley artists have opened their studios to the public the first three weekends in May, but the annual event is delayed until October this year due to the pandemic.
Library hours are limited amid the lockdown.

For hours and more information, call 941-8073 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

SVOS is doing an online art show in May, as well as the its annual Open Studios event in October – which may be online or in person. For more information, visit svos.org.

LA Library Endowment features author Caldwell

Award-winning author Bo Caldwell is set to headline the Los Altos Library Endowment’s 19th annual “Speaking Volumes” program, scheduled 7:30-9 p.m. today via Zoom.

After her talk, titled “Why I Write,” Caldwell will answer questions submitted by audience members.

Caldwell, author of national best-seller “The Distant Land of My Father,” her debut novel, has won numerous awards for her work.

She graduated from Stanford University, where she later held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and a Jones Lectureship in Creative Writing.

Space is limited for the Caldwell event, and registration is required.

To register, visit bit.ly/3qiJZ8y.

For more information, visit lalendow.org/lale_events.html.

Museum hosts program on citizen science

The Los Altos History Museum is set to explore the tech-savvy movement of public participation in combating climate change in a Zoom program titled “What Is Citizen Science?” The free talk, scheduled 5 p.m. April 22, supports the museum’s latest exhibition, “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change.”

Mary Ellen Hannibal, award-winning journalist and Bay Area author of “Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction,” will discuss the deep ties of citizen science within the tradition of natural history museums. She will review current ecological crises, local to global, and share ways to get involved.

“If Charles Darwin had carried a smartphone equipped with iNaturalist in 1835, he would have instantly sent ornithologist John Gould photographs of finches from the Galapagos Islands,” Hannibal said. “The practice of nonscientists contributing to scientific research is as old as the human need to understand our environment.”

According to Hannibal, citizen scientists are today “by far the most powerful source of information we have about biodiversity, enabling observation on the scales at which nature actually operates.”

“We are already seeing patterns that wouldn’t be evident without its contributions,” she said.

To register for the Zoom program and for more information, visit losaltoshistory.org/CitizenScience.

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