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Los Altos History Museum seeks volunteers

The Los Altos History Museum seeks volunteer docents and museum store cashiers to devote a few hours each month.

Exhibition curators train docents before each new display.

Los Altos-Los Altos Hills artists open doors for annual tours

Artists from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are scheduled to open their studios to the public during the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

More than 360 artists in approximately 150 locations will display their art. The artists work in a variety of visual media, including painting, fiber arts, printmaking, mixed media, photography and ceramics.

Los Altos History Museum hosts display on Eichlers

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Eichler homes are the focus of a new exhibition.

The Los Altos History Museum will explore the legacy of Joseph L. Eichler’s architectural vision in its new exhibition, “Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses,” scheduled to open April 29 and run through Oct. 8.

A public opening reception is scheduled 5-7:30 p.m. May 5. Kirk Abe’s Jazz Trio will perform.

Children's Corner collects baby clothes for nonprofit

Children’s Corner Preschool in Los Altos has scheduled a holiday clothing drive to support the nonprofit Loved Twice.

Donations of gently used baby clothing and accessories may be dropped off at the Children’s Corner office at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Monday.

History comes to life at MV's Day of Dead

Photos courtesy of Mountain View Historical Association
Raices de Mexico highlighted the inaugural Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. The Mountain View Historical Association hosted the Nov. 6 event, held at the Adobe Building.

The history and culture of the local Mexican-American community came to life Nov. 6 at the inaugural Dia de los Muertos celebration, hosted by the Mountain View Historical Association.

More than 150 people filled the historic Adobe Building’s hall and spilled out into its garden. Traditional “papel picado” decorated the adobe walls, and two large and elaborate Dia de los Muertos altars flanked either side of the building’s fireplace. One altar featured large sugar skulls created by students from Crittenden and Graham middle schools. The other, created by the Historical Association, included photos of influential Mountain View pioneers along with images of recently departed loved ones submitted by the community.

History Museum visitors brush up on innovator's painting technique


Painter Susan Chan, second from right, demonstrates the ink-brush and splashed-color techniques made famous by her teacher and mentor Hau Beiren, a Los Altos resident. Chan led the educational event at the Los Altos History Museum last month as part of the exhibition “Hau Beiren at 100,” which has been extended through Dec. 31.

The bilingual exhibition – the first in the museum’s history – explores the work of one of California’s greatest contemporary Chinese painters, the 100-year-old known locally as Paul Hau. He moved to the United States in 1956 and introduced an increasingly abstract style rooted in traditional Chinese landscapes. Hau’s “Old Apricot Villa” home in north Los Altos has been the major inspiration for his work uniting Chinese ink-brush techniques with Western geography and modernist aesthetics. His gallery at 334 State St. has featured his work since 1972.

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