Los Altos Hills photography exhibition set to open March 20

Courtesy of Jim Colton
Photographer Jim Colton has traveled to distant lands such as Cuba, above, for his sources of inspiration. Colton’s “Distant Lands” exhibition is scheduled for display March 20 through Sept. 30 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall. An artist’s reception is set for March 29 at town hall.

Jim Colton’s photography exhibition “Distant Lands” is scheduled for display March 20 through Sept. 30 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

An artist’s reception is slated 2-5 p.m. March 29 at town hall. The reception – free and open to all – will feature live music, wine and refreshments.

City moving on historical evaluation of Legion Hall

The American Legion Hall dates back to 1940.

The city of Los Altos plans to hire historical preservation consultants to evaluate the 80-year-old American Legion Hall.

The structure at 347 First St. in downtown Los Altos was built by World War I veterans in 1940. Members of American Legion Post 558 initiated efforts last year to have the building deemed a historical landmark to ensure preservation. Legion member Bill Bassett said the Legion has been under pressure to sell the property. The Legion continues to use the facility for meetings as well as rental space.

Tree planting underway

Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier

City of Los Altos orchardist Phil Doetsch, center, has been working with volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to plant a total of 100 trees this week in the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, bringing the tree count to 350. Doetsch said he hopes to get the number to 500 eventually. The young volunteers are on their two-year mission doing service work in many communities, and they are in the area for two months before moving on.

LAH residents lead record-breaking fundraiser for glaucoma research, taking in nearly $700K

Trish Tunney/Special to the Town Crier
Glaucoma Research Foundation president and CEO Thomas Brunner celebrates with honorary gala co-chairs Nobuko Saito Cleary and Dr. Gary Cleary. All are Los Altos Hills residents.

Glaucoma Research Foundation hosted its 360 Annual Gala in San Francisco Feb. 6 to celebrate and honor individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of people with glaucoma.

Several local residents played prominent roles in the event’s success. More than 380 guests attended, and the gala raised a record-breaking amount – close to $700,000 – to support glaucoma research and education.

LA History Museum exhibition features migrant farm workers

The Los Altos History Museum’s upcoming exhibition “In the Fields of the North/En los Campos del Norte” chronicles the lives of contemporary migrant farm workers.

On display March 19 through June 21, the exhibition features photojournalist David Bacon’s evocative photographs alongside oral narratives from migrant farm workers. Translated in both English and Spanish, the display aims to give insight into the food people eat and the lives of the workers who harvest it.

Hidden Villa and Town Crier join forces on writing contest

Hidden Villa and the Los Altos Town Crier have partnered to co-sponsor a writing contest for all ages.

The prompt: Describe an experience at Hidden Villa that helped you see the world in a different way.

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