Community Briefs - Week of March 6

Exhibition celebrates 90 years of Garden Club

The Los Altos History Museum commemorates the contributions of the Garden Club of Los Altos with its upcoming exhibition, “90 Years of Flowers: Celebrating the Garden Club of Los Altos,” scheduled to open Thursday and run through April 28 at the J. Gilbert Smith House, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

An opening reception is slated 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the J. Gilbert Smith House.

Cyclist fights cancer one road at a time

Courtesy of Spencer Phillips
Spencer Phillips plans to cycle across the United States this summer to raise money for young adults suffering from cancer.

The wind zips past Spencer Phillips’ ears as he makes his ascent along U.S. Highway 1 near his home in Santa Cruz. A blur of rhythm and rolling keeps him in a blissful trance as he cycles along the panoramic bay.

“You’re able to see the road in the world at a different viewpoint,” he said.

Music, munchies and discount merchandise highlight First Friday in March

Downtown Los Altos First Friday activities for March are scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday.

The evening will feature activities for all ages. Visitors can browse and shop at more than 60 stores and galleries, many of which offer First Friday discounts as well as complimentary refreshments. Activities will include live bands at various downtown locations, children’s activities at the “Kids Corner” at Veterans Community Plaza (Main and State streets) and receptions at local art galleries.

Community Briefs - Week of Feb. 27

Symposium highlights influential women of color

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled the symposium “Negotiating Boundaries: Women of Color in Northern California History” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The event complements the museum’s exhibition on Santa Clara Valley pioneer Juana Briones. “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” which runs through March 31.

Director sheds 'light' on Montalvo exhibition

Courtesy of Angela McConnell
Angela McConnell of Montalvo Arts Center stands with one of the Bruce Munro artworks currently on display.

Angela McConnell’s passion for the arts is inspiring and contagious. Her ability to articulate and infuse that passion in others has transformed local arts institutions by eliciting more public and donor support than previously thought possible.

Under the Los Altos resident’s leadership in the early 2000s, the Community School of Music and Arts built a new Mountain View campus. Over the past decade as its executive director, McConnell has led Villa Montalvo from a respected but relatively hidden gem in Saratoga into an arts tour-de-force under its new heading, the Montalvo Arts Center.

Morning Forum speaker explores Victorian styles


Architect James Dixon gave an illustrated presentation on “Victorian/Edwardian Residential Architectural Styles in San Francisco” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 5.

Dixon established his architectural firm JDA in 1996. Previously he was project architect for the late Aaron Green, the last living professional link to Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic school of architecture.

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