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History Museum hosts California Indian feast exhibition

Courtesy of the Grace Hudson Museum    
This acorn mush basket is one of the artifacts included in “Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” the Los Altos History Museum’s latest display.

“Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast,” a statewide traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy, is scheduled to open Saturday and run through April 16 at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

A public opening reception is slated 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the museum.

LA Rotarians bring aid to Haitian school

Courtesy of Bud Oliver
Los Altos Rotarians Allan Varni, right, and Bud Oliver, center, pose with Constantine Alatzas of World Hands Alliance. Varni and Oliver traveled to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake to help raise funds to rebuild SOPUDEP School.

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, most of the local infrastructure was destroyed, leaving the capital city Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities in rubble and more than 150,000 dead. Humanitarian volunteers poured in with aid, including two Rotary Club of Los Altos members, Allan Varni and Bud Oliver.

Varni and Oliver’s goal was to form connections with local Rotarians and nongovernmental organizations to raise funds to rebuild a school that had been completely destroyed. The quake hit in the late afternoon, so the school’s students were not in class.

Rogue runners invade Los Altos


The annual New Year’s Day fun run, this year with the theme “Rogue Run,” drew roughly 800-900 participants to downtown Los Altos, above, according to Los Altos Recreation & Community Services organizers. Adopting a theme from the latest Star Wars movie, “Rogue One,” the 5K run and walk included some runners dressed as Star Wars characters. “We had a Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a Rey that I saw,” said event organizer Jaime Chew. “We also had many in Star Wars T-shirts as well.”

At the Library

Library offers calligraphy class

Friends of the Library of Los Altos has scheduled an art class, “Love Letters: The Art of Brush Pen Calligraphy,” 2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will learn simple strokes for calligraphy and create bold capitals and a modern copperplate script. Paper, pen and a handout will be provided.

Community Briefs

Block Action Team offers trainings sessions

Block Action Team training sessions for Los Altos residents are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, March 15 and April 26, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 29 at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

A program of Los Altos Community Foundation, the mission of Block Action Teams is to help neighborhoods “connect, care and prepare.” Participants are trained to assess their neighborhoods after a major disaster and report their status to first-responder resources.

Los Altos resident's workshop illustrates new way to track resolutions

Eliza Ridgeway/ Town Crier
Los Altos resident Kanesha Baynard calls bullet journaling (example at left) “a creative outlet for tracking your information.”

Los Altos resident Kanesha Baynard is starting the new year with an indexed, rainbow-hued approach to organization. She uses bullet journaling to catalog what’s going on in her life with the old-fashioned assistance of a pen and paper.

As a “creative outlet for tracking your information,” Baynard said the journals are meant to dismantle the notion of a rigid task list – instead illustrating future goals (and chores and doodles) through whatever process translates best for each individual thinker. Product designer Ryder Carroll created the concept of bullet journaling, which has been further popularized in colorful journaling photos shared on Instagram and Pinterest.

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