Every week during the program, children bring home red Raising A Reader bags filled with four developmentally appropriate multicultural books to share with their parents. The program develops literacy skills and establishes a connection between families and the local library. After graduating the program, each child receives a blue library bag with a custom nametag and an included book to take home. Children can use the blue bags when returning to the library, cueing librarians to help them find appropriate books that build reading skills.
In 1986, Bea Teer and Lori Moore started a modest fundraiser for the Los Altos History Museum. They invited local antique dealers and time-traveling Plymouth Rock pilgrims to display their pieces beneath the oak trees outside the History House. Since then, their show has grown into a biannual affair that sprawls inside the museum's recent multi-million dollar addition, surrounding courtyards, as well as the neighboring Hillview Community Center.
Now in its 27th year, the California Country Antiques Show has leveraged its growth to invite 50 carefully screened dealers from around the United States to share collections that date from the 1600s to the 1940s. Attendees can check the list of dealers for links to more information about what they might be selling—past shows have included everything from quilts and pottery to paintings and furniture. The show was initially inspired by traditional folk art and antique shows on the East Coast, but this year organizers are introducing pieces from California Rancho, Spanish Colonial, and American Indian traditions, as well as other western-inspired styles—perhaps including an 1849 gold miner's gilded pick axe or “Eureka” license plate. To further support the cause, Pinky's Grill will be on hand to sizzle grilled sirloin burgers and cheeseburgers and dish out all-beef hot dogs, then donate the proceeds directly to the museum.
At Menlo Hub, both food and art find a place on the menu. The modern restaurant's walls are blanketed in original contemporary paintings, and on some nights, the dining space reverberates with music from live bands and solo musicians. But even on nights with performances, the main attraction is always found in the kitchen. Here, chefs design casual American dishes sprinkled with elements of Mediterranean cooking.
The menus focus on simple steaks and seafood, complemented by organic produce sourced from nearby sustainable farms. The artfully plated dishes include California sea bass, New York steaks with gorgonzola demi-glace, and eggplant-wrapped lamb shanks. While most visitors sample the cuisine in the airy main dining space, private groups eat in a secluded room warmed by a corner fireplace.
At the lively bar, flat-screen TVs broadcast sporting events as bartenders mix fruit-infused martinis and pour a range of California wines, which are made from grapes that are just thankful that they never became California raisins.
Having shot more than 30,000 subjects throughout his career as a photographer, including many Silicon Valley business figures, Eric C. Gould understands how to create a good photo in any setting. His adeptness at communicating with subjects carries into his photography workshops, where he conveys difficult concepts clearly and methodically, saving students from such rookie mistakes as shooting with the lens cap on or turning the flash on while taking pictures of your imaginary friend's third grade graduation. In his own photo sessions, he frames professional clients in business portraits and headshots, high-school seniors in youthful poses, athletes in midaction, and a wide spectrum of people and places encountered on international travels.
Palomo Archery's certified instructors teach bow beginners the fundamentals of safely aiming and shooting feathered projectiles from the comfort of a brightly lit indoor shooting range. Each one-hour lesson emphasizes various safety precautions as arrow slingers learn the different parts of a bow's anatomy, various aiming strategies, and how to shoot an arrow without injuring any cartoon merry men in the vicinity. After each step in the tutorial, students cull fletching from quiver to practice incorporating the demonstrated technique themselves. Students can show up with nothing more than a pair of itchy quiver fingers, but seasoned archers, like amateur astronauts, are encouraged to bring their own equipment. To prevent mishaps, shooters should avoid wearing open-toe shoes, baggy clothing, or arrow pheromones.