Local artist infuses humor in his offbeat paintings

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“Don’t Take That Call” is one of several works in artist Steve Curtiss’ exhibition “Still Off Center” at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.

With titles such as “Still Life with Cheese Whiz” and “Trouble at Gallery 9,” Steve Curtiss puts a humorous spin on traditional painting subjects. Those oil paintings and 20 more are part of his latest exhibition, “Still Off Center,” slated to run through April 28 at Gallery 9 in Los Altos.

The Los Altos resident said one of his favorite paintings in the show, “Still Life with Financial Advisor,” is an oil painting featuring a man in a suit, a Starbucks coffee and an apple. Curtiss said the painting pokes fun at the experience of going to the bank and listening to someone giving advice on how to manage finances – a play on the traditional still-life paintings that often feature fruit or silverware.

Leaders break ground on construction of Los Altos Rotary Plaza at Foothill College

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Supporters of the Los Altos Rotary Plaza gather April 10 for the groundbreaking. Pictured, from left, are Ron Labetich of the Rotary Club of Los Altos; Tess Chandler, executive director of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation; Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College president; and Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Officials from the Rotary Club of Los Altos and Foothill College gathered April 10 to break ground on the Los Altos Rotary Plaza, a space dedicated to veterans.

The plaza, located between the Veterans Resource Center and the Foothill Disability Resource Center on the Los Altos Hills campus, will serve to bring together veterans and special-education students.

AAUW sponsors 'Fiesta Lunch' April 28 at Hillview Social Hall

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.

The luncheon will honor the newest AAUW Tech Trek Science Camp scholars from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto middle schools.

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.

For more information, visit peaceandjustice.org/guns-go.

Clear the books on library fines by donating food

Local residents with overdue library fines can eliminate them this month by donating food to those in need.

The Santa Clara County Library District’s Food for Fines program is scheduled to run through the end of April at all seven libraries – including the Los Altos main and Woodland branches as well as the Book- mobile.

Local domestic violence expert brings issue into national spotlight

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Ruth Patrick, left, gets a hug from Megyn Kelly during Patrick’s appearance on “Megyn Kelly TODAY.”

Ruth Patrick of the Los Altos-based domestic violence support group WomenSV brought her message to the national stage April 9 when she appeared with two Silicon Valley-based victims on the “Megyn Kelly TODAY” show.

Patrick, whose nonprofit agency helps victims break free from the physical and emotional trauma of their often powerful, affluent spouses, emphasized that abuse can be just as bad, if not worse, emotionally.

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