Local Arts Roundup : New Los Altos exhibitions revel in mystery, discovery

Courtesy of Viewpoints Gallery
Tinna Dinesen’s “Bright Blacksmith Anvil,” in oil and cold wax on wood panel, is among the works currently on display at Viewpoints Gallery.

Following is a roundup of local arts events and exhibitions.

Viewpoints Gallery

Viewpoints Gallery presents “Transformation,” a new exhibition of work by Denmark native Tinna Dinesen, though July 28.

Schola Cantorum's Summer Sings Program creates community via music

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s Summer Sings Program, which brings together music-lovers to sing the works of the great composers under the baton of six top California conductors, is set to run 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 12 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program is designed for anyone interested in learning about the choral masterpieces and singing with a community, and for those who want to learn about Schola Cantorum.

Westwind 4-H offers volunteer orientation

            Westwind 4-H Riding for the Disabled has scheduled a volunteer orientation/training session noon Saturday at Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills.

            Volunteers care for the horses and assist in leading or side-walking horses during lessons.

            No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.

            Summer riding classes are slated 7-8 p.m. for the five Mondays in July: July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

            For the 2019-2020 riding schedule, visit westwind4h.org.

            For more information, leave a message on the 4-H phone line at 947-8680 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Los Altos Hills Boy Scout receives $10,000 scholarship


Los Altos Hills resident Jay Bhateja, who recently graduated from BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, developed many interests during his high school career, including Boy Scouts and neuroscience.

As a result of his work with the Scouts and in science, Bhateja last month received $10,000 from the Frank Livermore Trust – a local college scholarship fund – toward his education at the University of Washington.

Love is love: With help from El Camino Hospital, Santa Clara dads bring home twins

Eric Davidove/Special to the Town Crier 
David and Matt Siegel give their twins, Gabby and Cece, a boost in one of the neonatal intensive care unit bays at El Camino Hospital June 20.

David and Matt Siegel traveled to Mexico City in 2017 for the birth of their twin girls via surrogate. Their medical journey was fraught, but 18 months later, they’re sharing their story – and El Camino Hospital’s part in it – to help others.

Their babies – Cecelia and Gabrielle, nicknamed Cece and Gabby – were born at 32 weeks, requiring a stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. Cece, who weighed 4 pounds, 3 ounces at birth, was discharged first, and Gabby, 3 pounds, 4 ounces, remained in the NICU. In the predominantly Catholic country, homosexuality is openly frowned on. Only one dad was allowed in the NICU with the recovering Gabby – Matt sat with the newborn while David cared for Cece, and vice versa.

Now you're cooking: Classes set for July

The history and future of food is the focus of the Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation.” Expanding on the theme, the museum has scheduled a series of cooking classes in July to bring adults together while deepening their relationship to food as they learn cooking skills from award-winning chef Joni Sare.

Inspired by the “Slow Food” movement, Sare, a leader of Slow Food South Bay, will share her passion for growing, cooking and eating food, as well as help people become organized and competent in the kitchen. Slow Food South Bay is a 20-year-old chapter of Slow Food, an international food and agriculture nonprofit group that supports good, clean, fair food for the planet.

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