Museum display offers food for thought

How food impacts culture, shapes lives and affects the planet is the focus of the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” on display through Sept. 8.

Laid out in four sections, the exhibition covers: “The Valley of Heart’s Delight,” showcasing the orchards; “Conveniences in the Kitchen,” highlighting postwar changes; “Diversity of Cuisine,” celebrating the community’s restaurants; and “The Future of Food,” exploring today’s food movements and new food technologies.

Morgan estate tour benefiting arts institute

A Historic Morgan Estate Tour & High Tea, a fundraiser for the Assyrian Arts Institute, is scheduled 2-6 p.m. June 8. Historian John Ralston is scheduled to lead a tour through the historic Los Altos Hills property. A live performance and fine dining will be part of the event. 

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Morning Forum speaker describes 'genius' of Stephen Hawking


In his May 21 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “Celebrating Stephen Hawking: His Amazing Life and Scientific Work,” renowned astronomer Andrew Fraknoi claimed that Hawking more than any modern scientist helped open the window of the cosmos and enabled people to understand what a complicated and amazing neighborhood we on Earth live in.

Fraknoi, chairman emeritus of the Astronomy Department at Foothill College, was named Professor of the Year for the state of California in 2007. He appears regularly on radio and television and has written textbooks in his field and two children’s books. The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid after him, Asteroid Fraknoi.

Weather steals Rotary art show's thunder

A Fine Art in the Park patron braves the rain May 18 to view an artist’s work in Lincoln Park. Organizers canceled a second day of scheduled activities due to the threat of lightning.

The usual warm spring weather at the annual Fine Art in the Park event was nowhere to be found during the weekend of May 18 and 19. In fact, the threat of thunder and lightning prompted the host Rotary Club of Los Altos to call off the second day of the open-air show.

“Unfortunately, we had thunder and lightning early Sunday morning and I made the decision to call off the show for safety reasons,” said Stan Scardino, event director. “We were planning on opening despite the rain, since there were forecasts for breaks during the day. (But) safety was the priority. The artists were disappointed but, like farmers, are at the whim of weather, and this is not the first show they have been rained out of.”

GreenTown event hosts discussion on healthy food

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled the presentation “Healthy Food, Healthy Planet” featuring Ocean Robbins 7 p.m. June 6 at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Robbins, CEO and co-founder of the Food Revolution Network, will offer what GreenTown reps bill as a “candid and inspiring look at the truth about food and what you can do to be a powerful force for positive change.”

Save the Date - Week of May 29

June 7

State of the Cities, 11:30 a.m. at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills. Information:


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