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.

Community Briefs - week of Feb. 20

World Affairs talk spotlights immigration

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “International Migration and U.S. Policy” 7:30-9 p.m. March 6 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Lucas Guttentag, professor of the practice of law at Stanford Law School, will discuss current immigration policies, provide historic context and share his thoughts on the prospects for immigration reform.

History museum schedules orchard walks

Robin Chapman/Special to the Town Crier
Phil Doetsch, the orchardist who cares for the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, is one of four docents scheduled to lead Orchard Walks in April.

Spring in the orchard brings blossoms, but this year it will also bring four docent-led Orchard Walks in the Los Altos Civic Center Apricot Orchard, sponsored by the Los Altos History Museum in cooperation with the Los Altos Library.

The tours are scheduled every Saturday morning in April, with guides leading visitors through the orchard, sharing stories of its past, present and future.

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