'Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I'
The Los Altos History Museum (51 S. San Antonio Road) will mark the closing weekend of its current free exhibition "Over Here: Americans at Home in World War I," with special activities — including a costumed reenactor, WWI-themed crafts and more — to coincide with Memorial Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibition is a nationally touring collection of photographs created by the National Archives to mark the centennial observation of the United States' involvement in "The War to End All Wars." On Saturday, visitors can build a trench periscope and on Sunday, make remembrance poppies to commemorate military personnel killed in war. On both days, James Armstead, a historical reenactor, will portray African-American war heroes: Eugene Jacques Bullard, a highly decorated soldier of the French Foreign Legion and a fighter pilot, and Colonel Charles Young, a distinguished U.S. Army officer. After the exhibition's closure, the museum will host a companion piece: "Right Here: Our Local Stories," which will run June 1-July 1 and will focus on local connections to WWI and include several more special events, including a lecture by historian Barbara Wilcox on "Training for War in the Los Altos Hills: The Camp Fremont Experience" (June 5 at 7 p.m. at the Los Altos Library) and a June 17 panel discussion/closing celebration on "World War I: Lessons Learned?" (2-4 p.m. at the museum). Go to losaltoshistory.org.
Worth a listen
Two Palo Alto High students perform on NPR's "From the Top," a radio program highlighting classical musicians. Pianist Cameron Akioka, 18, and guitarist Nicholas Padmanhaban, 17, are among the 11 featured performers who each have plenty of accomplishments. Akioka is the youngest person to be inducted in the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers' Association of California and Padmanhaban is a National YoungArts Foundation merit winner for two years running. Go to fromthetop.org or tune in to kdfc.com at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.
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