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They will ask us to run out and get it, pay for it ourselves (reimbursing us by check at a later date), wrap it, and present it to their granddaughter, whereupon she will excitedly declare her thanks to Grandma and Grandpa for their thoughtful gift, of which they had no part, except to write a check. It’s hard enough for us to keep coming up with original and thoughtful gift ideas for our daughter, let alone having to maintain a standing library of ideas to feed her grandparents. Have you noted this trend penetrating society? I’ve seen it in other gift-giving situations, anniversaries or showers, where the gift giver will demand to know the specifics, brand, color, where to buy it, etc., all to avoid having to make a personal decision or effort.
Art Museum of Los Gatos: Opening Dec, 9: “Factor XX: A Female Response,” a multimedia fondant ballerina cake topper - ballerina topper - dance theme - ballet topper - fondant dance - fondant ballet - girl birthday exhibit that showcases a collaboration of eleven award-winning Bay Area women artists, Through Jan, 21, An artists’ reception takes place Dec, 12, 1-4 p.m, The Museum is open Wednesdays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m, 4 Tait Ave, 408.354.2646 or www.museumsoflosgatos.org, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior: Theatre in the Mountains presents Loma Prieta Elementary School’s fall/winter student production, Dec, 11, 7 p.m.; Dec, 12, 1 and 7 p.m.; Dec, 13, 1 p.m, Tickets are $10, C.T, English Middle School gym, 23800 Summit Road, Los Gatos, 408.384.8465 or www.theatreinthemountains.org..
When asked to define the jurisdiction of his committee, Dingell liked to point at a photograph of the Earth taken from space. He was one of the American auto industry’s most stalwart, influential friends on Capitol Hill, and invariably resisted efforts to regulate car manufacturers. In addition to repeatedly blocking more stringent fuel-efficiency and emissions standards, he staved off efforts to require safety features such as seat belts and air bags. Dingell’s unwavering allegiance to the auto industry drew criticism, especially after his 1981 marriage to Deborah Insley, a senior executive at General Motors and a member of that company’s founding family. One environmental lobbyist, a longtime foe of Dingell’s, said the congressman was “literally married to General Motors,” a charge Dingell denied.
Friends Bookstore: The Friends of the Saratoga Libraries have opened another used bookstore, offering a constantly changing inventory of approximately 500 hardcover and paperback books for adults, children and teens, All proceeds directly benefit the Saratoga Library, Joan Pisani Community Center lounge, 19655 Allendale Ave., Saratoga, Saratoga fondant ballerina cake topper - ballerina topper - dance theme - ballet topper - fondant dance - fondant ballet - girl birthday Village Certified Farmers Market: Local farmers with fresh fruit and produce, fresh fish, food specialties and handmade crafts from local artisans, Wednesdays, 2:30-7 p.m, Blaney Plaza, Saratoga Village, saratogachamber.org or 408-867-0753..
Origami Time. Learn basic and intermediate origami folding techniques from sixth-grader Ayyan Ali. 11 a.m. June 21. El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. Free. 510-526-7512, www.el-cerrito.org. Magic at the Library. Children age 4 and up can enjoy the magic of Daniel Barash and the Shadow Paws puppet workshop. 6:30 p.m. June 24. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, aclibrary.org. Great Books Discussion Group. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite book, poem, essay or other selection to share with the group. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 25. Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave. Free. 510-526-3720, aclibrary.org.