Local Arts Roundup: Meet artists of Gallery 9 exhibition Thursday

Courtesy of Robyn Abers
Robyn Aber captures nature’s details in this photo taken off an Elena Road pathway. Her work is on display online through Feb. 29.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled an open house with the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos” 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

“This is a chance for visitors to find out about the artists behind the canvas,” said exhibition curator Amy Ellison. “What is their process? Where did they get their inspiration? How did each piece of art come to be? Attendees can browse the exhibition, speak to each artist and enjoy wine and cheese.”

Save the Date, St. Paddy's Beer Stroll

March 6

Mountain View Chamber of Commerce’s Celebration of Leaders Awards, 6 p.m. at the Computer History Museum. Information: chambermv.org.

March 13

St. Paddy’s Beer Stroll, 6-9 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. Information: downtownlosaltos.org.

At the Library, crafts, live performances


The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit sccl.org/losaltos.

Historical essay contest launches, open to elementary schoolers

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries for the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest from local students in grades 3-6.

This year’s theme is “Peek into Your Past.”

Giants' Dravecky describes cancer battle for Rotarians

During a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 23, former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky recalled how his bout with cancer ended his Major League Baseball career and cost him his left arm.

Dravecky said he was “on top of the world” until 1988, when he felt a lump in his pitching arm. He needed surgery to remove a tumor in his deltoid muscle, and doctors warned he would never pitch again.

Mothers Against Murder takes action

Courtesy of Margaret Petros
Mothers Against Murder executive director Margaret Petros, third from left, hosts an advocacy meeting at her Los Altos home. Pictured with her, from left, are Elsa Lopez, who lost her son, Anthony, to random violence in San Jose in 2013; Rose Luerra, community advocate; and Ann Brownell, whose daughter, Amanda, hanged herself in 2009 after being bullied.

Former Silicon Valley Bank CEO Roger Smith had been retired for a few years when he and his wife became tired of the negative aspect of today’s 24/7 news cycle. They especially lamented the number of murders reported in the local newspapers every morning.

“We were sitting there, reading and bitching, and finally we said, ‘We have to quit bitching or do something,’” he said.

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