Community Briefs

Documentary spotlights arms sales to Mexico

The Peninsula Peace and Justice Center has scheduled a discussion and screening of the documentary “Where the Guns Go: U.S. Policy and Human Rights in Mexico” 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

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Simitian revives series on 'Understanding Islam'


Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian has reprised his series “Understanding Islam” with another trio of events.

Co-hosted by the city of Mountain View’s Human Relations Commission, the series launched April 16 with Part 1, “What Does It Mean to be Muslim? The Basics.” The event featured a discussion of Islam as a religion and an identity in modern America and abroad.

Artists invite public into workspaces for Silicon Valley Open Studios

Artists in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View will open their studios to the public during Silicon Valley Open Studios.

The free annual event enables visitors to mingle with artists in their workspaces. Studios in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5, 6, 12 and 13. Mountain View studios will be open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 12 and 13.

AAUW luncheon features Stanford physics leader

The Los Altos/Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women have scheduled a luncheon, “The Fiesta Lunch,” noon to 2 p.m. April 28 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Catered by LuLu’s on Main Street and open to all local residents, the luncheon will honor the newest AAUW Tech Trek Science Camp scholars from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto middle schools.

Block Action Team offers training class

The Los Altos Block Action Team (BAT), a program of Los Altos Community Foundation in partnership with the city of Los Altos, has scheduled training classes for aspiring BAT leaders.

Training sessions are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 19, May 21 and June 20 at the Neutra House, 183 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Local Arts Roundup: Colorful art on display through April in LA

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Los Altos Hills City Councilman Roger Spreen, right, prepares to snip the ribbon from Richard Starks’ sculpture “Just Kid Play” as Robyn Aber, left, and Karen Druker, center, look on March 16 at town hall. Druker donated the piece and two others to the town.

Gallery 9

“Still Off Center,” an exhibition of Steve Curtiss’ seriously crafted paintings of decidedly nonserious subject matter, is on display through April 28 at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.

The Los Altos artist combines a traditional background in oil technique with an offbeat sense of humor to create innovative images that play with the viewer’s eye and brain. Favorite subjects include the local landscape, animals, art history and cultural habits.

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