Santa Clara Valley Lives: In praise of the Little Free Library – a pleasurable pandemic panacea

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A Little Free Library on Campbell Avenue in Los Altos is designed to complement the owner’s front garden.

Those little wooden boxes full of used books, known collectively as the Little Free Library, have been a delight to many neighborhoods in recent years.

Museum offers online programs on suffrage

In support of its outdoor exhibition “Rise Up! The Fight for Women’s Suffrage,” the Los Altos History Museum has scheduled a series of free programs on the Zoom platform.

LA council candidates respond to question about seniors’ needs

Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 3 election. A virtual forum for council candidates is scheduled 7-9 p.m. Sept. 30. In advance of the forum, organizers have prepared questions for the candidates.

Spotlight on Art: ‘Conversation Peace’: A sculpture to talk about

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“Conversation Peace” cuts a compelling presence near the corner of First and Main streets.

As you enter downtown Los Altos by turning onto Main Street from Foothill Expressway, you will see the sculpture at 400 Main in front of Cetrella Restaurant, titled “Conversation Peace.”

Local family remains committed to fighting SMA

Back in 2003, Linda Shively, daughter of Marge and Jim Shively of Los Altos, started the Northern California Walk-n-Roll fundraiser to help find a cure for spinal muscular atrophy. The disease, which affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord, had left Linda’s newborn daughter Jessica severely debilitated.

Friends of the Library working to make books available

Members of the Friends of the Library of Los Altos are adjusting to the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. While its quarterly book sales cannot resume until a vaccine is widely available, the organization has scheduled smaller outdoor sales, beginning with a sale of children and teen books, puzzles, DVDs and audiobooks. The sale, originally scheduled for Sunday (Sept.13), has been rescheduled to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 on the Los Altos History Museum patio, 51 S. San Antonio Road. The event will be held, weather permitting.

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