'Mountain View Can' campaign launches to increase food donations

Community Services Agency is spearheading the “Mountain View Can” challenge through Aug. 10, a canned food drive during summer, the time of year when donations are historically low.

The social media campaign is designed to encourage local residents to bring at least one can of nutritious food to their local food pantry.

August First Friday features activities on Downtown Green

Los Altos First Friday
Courtesy of Glenda Chang
The accordion-driven Sunday Seven, left, is a staple among the bands performing at First Fridays. The downtown Los Altos events also include extended store hours, complimentary refreshments and special promotions.

August’s First Friday festivities are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

This month’s theme is “green” in honor of the recently opened Downtown Green on Third Street, and organizers encourage visitors to meet on the Green wearing green T-shirts.

Local Arts Roundup: New exhibitions for Los Altos galleries

Courtesy of Gallery 9
The landscapes of artist Liz Fennell are currently on display at Gallery 9.

Gallery 9

Artist Liz Fennell is the featured artist for the month of August at Gallery 9. Her exhibition, “California Dreaming,” runs through Aug. 26.

A reception for the artist is slated 5-8 p.m. Friday at the gallery.

Community Briefs: Week of Aug. 1


Photographer teaches at LA main library

Professional photographer Bob Ray is scheduled to discuss the secrets of taking great pictures 7-9 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Ray teaches photography around the world to people who take photos with DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras, smartphones and tablets. His speaking and teaching tours have covered 37 U.S. cities, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.

Ray’s expertise is in simplifying the science of photography and inspiring aspiring photographers that they can take great pictures.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit sccl.org/losaltos.


Downtown Green offers summer activities

The Downtown Green, the pop-up park on Third Street between Main and State streets, is open through Sept. 3.

The Green will feature live music performances, children’s activities, demonstrations and classes, and opportunities for relaxing in the sun or shade.

Rotary Club honors outstanding member

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John “Bogie” Bogart receives a clock after being named winner of the Guy Shoup Award for Outstanding Rotarian of the Year.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos last month honored John “Bogie” Bogart as winner of its Guy Shoup Award for Outstanding Rotarian of the Year.

The award, which recognizes the Rotarian who best exemplifies the club’s “Service Above Self” motto, has been bestowed annually since 1980. The award is named after Guy Shoup, one of the founding residents of Los Altos. Shoup was vice president and legal counsel of Southern Pacific Railroad in the early 1900s and founder and first president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos in 1949.

WomenSV draws local, national attention in quest to help domestic violence victims

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KPIX reporter Sharon Chin, left, interviews Ruth Patrick in mid-July in Patrick’s downtown Los Altos office.

Awareness and recognition of WomenSV’s work continues to grow. KPIX Channel 5 recently awarded its weekly Jefferson Awards Foundation honor to the Los Altos-based nonprofit organization, which helps affluent victims of domestic violence.

The TV station sent a crew to WomenSV’s downtown Los Altos office to interview Ruth Patrick, founder and executive director, about the group’s mission.

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