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World Affairs talk centers on Venezuela

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “Venezuela’s Crisis: Chavez, Maduro and Beyond,” 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Stanford University Professor Harold Trinkunas, deputy director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, will examine the apparently intractable political and economic crisis facing Venezuela, the role of the military in keeping the present government in power and how the Maduro regime has managed to hang on to power in the face of domestic and international pressures.

CSMA exhibition spotlights faculty art

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Teaching artist Alicia Guckenheimer-Harrell’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” is among the works featured in CSMA’s faculty art exhibition, slated to run through March 22 in Mountain View.

The Community School of Music and Arts is showcasing the work of its teaching artists in an exhibition scheduled to run through March 22 in the Mohr Gallery at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

The faculty art exhibition features work by more than 20 artists, all instructors in CSMA’s Art4Schools program, which provides art education to students in grades K-12. The display includes art created in an array of styles and materials, including oil canvases, pixel art, watercolor, jewelry and collage.

Friday is the deadline to enter annual historical essay contest

The deadline nears for entering the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest.

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries through Friday from local students in grades 3-6. Essays, no longer than 300 words, should be turned into students’ teachers.

LA History Museum exhibition spotlights migrant farm workers

The Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming exhibition, “In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte,” chronicles the lives of contemporary migrant farm workers.

On display March 19 through June 21, the exhibition features photojournalist David Bacon’s evocative photographs alongside oral narratives from migrant farm workers. Fully translated in both English and Spanish, the display aims to give insight into the food people eat and the lives of the workers who harvest it.

Silicon Valley Reads comes to LA Library this month

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of U.S. women’s suffrage, Silicon Valley Reads 2020 celebrates the achievements of women with its theme “Women Making It Happen.”

Silicon Valley Reads is an annual community engagement program presented by the Santa Clara County Library, the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the San Jose Public Library. It selects books that reflect a theme relevant to the region and encourages residents to read, think, discuss and share their diverse perspectives.

McKelvey ballfields, flood basin set for dedication Saturday

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The McKelvey Park ballfields are scheduled for a Saturday grand opening. The fields also serve as a flood detention basin.

After years of planning and construction delays, it’s ready: a $30 million Little League baseball complex at McKelvey Park in Mountain View that doubles as a flood detention basin.

A grand opening is scheduled Saturday morning at the 4.5-acre site on Miramonte Avenue at Park Drive. The city of Mountain View and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, also known as Valley Water, the lead agency, are slated to host a ribbon-cutting event at 11 a.m., followed by a ceremonial first pitch and a Little League baseball game.

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