Loyola station participates in Leukemia & Lymphoma Society challenge

Courtesy of Loyola Fire Station
Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station makes it to the top of Seattle’s Columbia Center.

Last month, 28 members of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, including two firefighters who work in Los Altos, participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge.

Logun Fagundes and Tiffany Woods of the Loyola Fire Station were among the 2,000 firefighters from throughout the world who climbed 69 flights of stairs in Seattle’s Columbia Center – the second tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi – wearing their full turnout gear and self-contained breathing apparatuses.

Community Briefs - Week of April 17

AAUW introduces Tech Trek Scholars

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the American Association of University Women has scheduled a Fiesta Lunch to introduce its middle-school scholarship winners noon to 2 p.m. May 5 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

The organization’s Tech Trek Scholars for this summer’s AAUW Tech Trek Grace Hopper Science Camp, held on the Stanford University campus July 14-20, are girls who attend middle schools in Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto.

Walking the orchard

Courtesy of Robin Chapman

The first Orchard Walk drew more than 40 people to the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard April 6. Author and Town Crier columnist Robin Chapman, center, shared stories of the valley’s history. The next Orchard Walks, co-sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum and the main library, are scheduled 11 a.m. Saturday and April 27. Historian Heather Farquhar will lead Saturday’s tour, and biologist Jane Packard will helm the April 27 stroll. The walks are free and open to all ages. Participants meet at the rear entrance to the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

History Museum looks to past and future in new exhibition about food

From foraging to farming, harvesting to canning, TV dinners to plant-based meat, the food people grow, prepare and eat has evolved over the years. How food impacts culture, shapes lives and affects the planet is the focus of Los Altos History Museum’s latest exhibition, “Silicon Valley Eats: A Taste for Innovation,” on display May 2 through Sept. 8.

“Silicon Valley is known for innovation in so many technological ways, but in this exhibition, we want to bring to light the innovations made here that changed the diet of people all around the world, and innovations made elsewhere that changed our diet,” said Amy Ellison, Ph.D., exhibition curator. “By touring the exhibition, visitors can relive some of their own experiences working in a cannery or picking fruit in the orchards, or remembering the kinds of food we ate in the ’50s, ’60s and other eras.”

Time nears for Fine Art in the Park: LA Rotary Club's 44th annual event set for May 18, 19

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Artists and art enthusiasts mingle at Lincoln Park during last year’s Fine Art in the Park fundraiser. This year’s event is slated May 18 and 19.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled its 44th annual Fine Art in the Park fundraiser, a two-day open-air festival featuring fine art, live music, food and beverages, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 19 at Lincoln Park along Foothill Expressway across from downtown Los Altos.

This year’s event will highlight 156 fine artists and artisans from Los Altos, the greater Bay Area and out of state. Forty-five of them are new to the show, and 23 are from out of state. The artists work in a breadth of media and styles – painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, mixed media, ceramics, glass, stone, metal, wood and textiles.

Monet devotee set to show work at Open Studios

Courtesy of Cathy Zander
Cathy Zander will be displaying works such as the piece above during the Silicon Valley Open Studios tours next month.

Los Altos resident Cathy Zander developed a love of art at an early age. She grew up in Ohio and as a child would regularly visit the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Now an accomplished painter, Zander is set to participate in the annual Silicon Valley Open Studios tours, held during the first three weekends in May. The tours feature hundreds of artists opening their homes and studios to the public to view their artwork.

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