PIECE BY PIECE ... Stanford Memorial Church is arugably one of the most mesmerizing places on the university's campus, from the stone carvings to the mosaics that all captivate both locals and visitors from around the world. People have also admired the church's stained glass windows, which were restored last week. The "Lilies of the Field" window, located at the front of the church, had been damaged by multiple wine bottles that were thrown at the piece, breaking three layers of glass, engineer Mindy Dinh said in a Stanford News Service article. The vandalism over the summer was found during a routine survey by the university's Land, Buildings and Real Estate Maps and Records team. The windows had been reinstalled in 1912 following damage from the 1906 earthquake. Church conservator Lesley Bone supervised the restoration project, which involved a team taking all the glass to Helios Art Glass, a studio in Berkeley, and examining each piece with help from stained glass expert Connie Levathes. "It's quite a complex color theory exercise that took place in making these windows," Bone said in the article. "You're sort of using light as the vehicle for mixing colors." The project also led Leavethes to travel to Los Angeles and find the right pieces. The reinstallation work took place on Nov. 16 and was timed around the Mass schedule.
AT YOUR SERVICE ... There can be something special about visiting a neighborhood grocery store, whether it's finding your favorite baked good or striking up a conversation with the cashier as you bag your items. It's even more special knowing that the grocery store has invested in the community. That's the case with Mollie Stone's Markets, which was recognized earlier this month with the Outstanding Corporate Grantmaker Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter. Founded in 1986, the family-owned chain runs nine locations in the Bay Area, including one in Palo Alto's California Avenue business district, and has about 700 employees. "Our markets have been fortunate to grow within amazing communities and amongst wonderful neighbors," the company said in a press release. The company has given back to a variety of places, including hospitals, food banks, schools, nonprofits and first response agencies in the form of finances, food, personal protective equipment, volunteer time and customer match programs, according to the release. "There is no greater need during one's lifetime than to support our community," owner and CEO Mike Stone said. "If I can make a difference in one persons' life, what greater gift is there?" The award was announced on Nov. 18, which was National Philanthropy Day. The award comes amid AFP Golden Gate's 50th anniversary. The association marked the milestone by honoring organizations and businesses in the region that have paid it forward to their communities.
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