Art, animals shine May 17, 18 : Events include Kiwanis Pet Parade, Rotary's Art in the Park

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Visitors view the artwork on display at last year’s Fine Art in the Park show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Altos. This year’s event is scheduled May 17 and 18 in Lincoln Park.

Two Los Altos service clubs are set to host their most popular events the weekend of May 17 and 18.

The Kiwanis Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 67th annual Pet Parade 10 a.m. May 17 in downtown Los Altos, and the Rotary Club of Los Altos sponsors its 39th annual Fine Art in the Park show 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 17 and 18 in Lincoln Park.

Pets on parade

Pet Parade preregistration continues through Tuesday. School groups, individuals and families can register for the event at

Although official registration closes Tuesday, no person or pet will be turned away from participating in the parade. Registrants and those wishing to be included without preregistration must find a Kiwanis volunteer clad in a yellow shirt for directions to the appropriate staging area prior to the parade start.

The event showcases a variety of pets marching or being carried down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners.

Los Altos Police Sgt. Paul Arguelles, who has assisted the Kiwanians with the Pet Parade for many years, will serve as this year’s grand marshal.

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Art in the park

Rotary’s Fine Art in the Park, showcases the work of approximately 170 artists. Works for sale include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and unique gifts.

In addition to the selection of fine art available for purchase, Fine Art in the Park will feature entertainment and a food court. The Rotary Club’s Young at Art competition will display winning entries from local youth in the gazebo at Lincoln Park, located just off Foothill Expressway.

Proceeds from the event support scholarships for local high school and college students and a variety of nonprofit agencies, including the Mountain View RotaCare Clinic, Partners for New Generations, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley and Alta Vista High School. International projects in more than 200 countries include solar technologies in Nepal, tele-medicine in the Dominican Republic, fruit trees and wells in Afghanistan, HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa, literacy in the Yucatan and job training in Indonesia.

A free shuttle runs from the Los Altos High School parking lot, 201 Almond Ave., to Lincoln Park and back.

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