Kidzone makes its move to the center of festival

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Kids and parents alike often enjoy painting at the festival.

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The Kidzone is the centerpiece of this year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, as it moves from the outside portion to the middle of the annual event. It is situated in Parking Plaza 6, near the Third Street food vendors, State Street artists, Sponsors Row and the Community Stage.

The Kidzone features hands-on art activities, face painting, henna tattoos and games for the young and young at heart. There is also an Art Wall for young artists to display their work for the festival crowd.

Feng’s flair for art leads to designer’s first original patterns

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Guo Feng, shown in her Los Altos shop, was inspired to open the business after seeing an empty storefront at last year’s festival.

Clothing designer Guo Feng, owner of 3 Potato in downtown Los Altos, showcases her first original patterns at this year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.

This marks Feng’s third year at the festival, a place where she essentially launched her storefront business a year ago. She spotted an empty storefront at 358 State St. while working the festival and a month later signed a lease for the space.

Array of musical acts perform at festival

Courtesy of Take 2
Take 2 takes the festival’s Main Stage at 6 p.m. Saturday. The band performs regularly throughout the Bay Area, covering songs from a wide array of genres and artists.

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Performing classic rock to dance music, a range of Bay Area artists and bands are scheduled to perform on the two stages at the 40th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine festival. Below is a rundown of who’s performing, where and when.

Jazz ConneXion brings its groove to the festival

Courtesy of Dale Nesbitt
Dale Nesbitt leads the Los Altos-based Jazz ConneXion.

Los Altos-based Jazz ConneXion is set to perform at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival for the first time, taking over the Community Plaza Stage 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The group was established 19 years ago, and since then, Dale Nesbitt, John Sylvester and a few other musicians have provided live music for restaurants and events across the Bay Area.

Deep roots: Garden Club of Los Altos thrives for 90 years

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Members of the Garden Club of Los Altos relax at their first flower show, held in 1929.

"Wonderful friends" and "lasting relationships" are the first things many active members of the Garden Club of Los Altos mention when asked what keeps them coming back. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, the club is thriving with nearly 200 members.

Members meet the fourth Tuesday afternoon of every month except July, November and December.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Chuck Baker!: Local senior takes to the skies

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Chuck Baker prepares for his skydiving adventure last month. The World War II pilot never had to deploy his parachute during the war.

To celebrate his 100th birthday earlier this year, World War II B-17 pilot Charles "Chuck" Baker took flight above Hollister April 7 for a skydiving adventure.

Fellow Los Altos resident Paul Hollingworth, who connected with Baker after reading an article about the centenarian in the March 20 Town Crier, went along to watch the jump from his gyroplane, "near (but not too near) the drop zone," Hollingworth said. According to Hollingworth, Baker wore his WWII flight jacket, and "his headgear was the pneumatic intercom he used for initial training."

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