Archive for March, 2016

How Things in the Universe Came About

Wednesday, April 6, Tom Abel, Ph.D., will discuss How Things in the Universe Came About & How They Ended Up Within Us, an illustrated, non-technical free lecture in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Dr. Abel will cover the early stages of the universe, using the latest computer animations of how the first stars formed and died, and how stars built up the first galaxies.

Galaxies started to assemble just one hundred million years after the Big Bang, and they are still growing now. Computer simulations of these events provide insights into the early history of the cosmos.

From Dr. Abel ’s Stanford bio:

Career History

• M.A. 1998, Univ. of Regensburg
• Ph.D. 2000, Ludwig Maxemillian University Munich
• Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Astrophysics and Harvard College Observatory, Cambridge, MA 1999-2001
• Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, UK 2001
• Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University 2002-2004
• Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University 2004
• Associate Professor, Stanford University Physics Department, SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) National Accelerator Laboratory, and KIPAC (Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology), 9/2004-present.
• Director, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, 6/2015-present (Acting Director 8/2013-6/2015)
• Division Director, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology Division, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2/2015-present

The lecture is free, but there is a charge of $3 for parking on campus and exact change is appreciated.

Smithwick Theater at Foothill College

12345 S El Monte Ave, Los Altos, 94022

April 6, 2016
7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free
Parking $3.00

Saratoga Blossom Festival

Saratoga Blossom Festival
This Saturday, March 19, 2016 the Saratoga Historical Foundation presents the Blossom Festival featuring music of the 30’s – 40’s, antique cars, vintage motors, craftspeople, art, poetry, along with crafts and activities for kids.
The event is from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
There will be food trucks for those who get the munchies.

Saratoga Blossom Festival 2016
20450 Saratoga-Los Gatos Road
Saratoga, 9507

Spring Forward


Spring forward this Sunday, March 13, 2016.

Clocks are set forward one hour at 2:00 a.m. Many people set their clocks Saturday before bed.
Check if you need to reset the computer, microwave, phone, digital camera and other devices.
Daylight Saving Time begins 2:00 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March
and lasts until 2:00 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

Pacific Daylight Time is 7 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Offset: UTC  -7 hours

Year Spring Forward Fall Back
2016 March 13 November 6
2017 March 12 November 5
2018 March 11 November 4
2019 March 10 November 3
2020 March 8 November 1

Free Pancakes at IHOP

ihop-naitonal-pancake-dayThis Tuesday (March 8, 2016) participating IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day with a free short stack of pancakes. You will be asked to consider leaving a donation ($5.00) for local charities.

Find your IHOP here.

IHOP: “There is a limit of one free short stack per guest. The offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last and is not valid with any other offer, special coupon or discount. “

IHOP National Pancake Day
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7 AM to 7 PM

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