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CERT offers fall training

Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a series of fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings to prepare local residents for emergencies and disasters.

The sessions are slated 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos. Graduation and field exercises are set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

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Third Street Green changing color of downtown Los Altos landscape


Courtesy of Brooke Ray Smith
Families gather on the Third Street Green in downtown Los Altos for a recent live performance by the local group Libertine Circle.

Toddlers chase one another in the grass, arms flailing above their heads. Older adults sit in wooden patio chairs engrossed in books, cups of coffee by their sides. Teens quietly read on their laptops at tables shaded by umbrellas. A piano sits in the corner, inviting anyone interested to step up and play a tune.

That’s the scene on a typical day at the Third Street Green, the downtown Los Altos patch of street at the corner of State and Third streets that has been transformed temporarily into a public pop-up park. For the month of August only, vehicular traffic is being replaced by foot traffic and the pavement covered by swaths of lawn.

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Train Days returns to Los Altos: Museum highlights model railroading


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A youngster eyes a train exhibit at last year’s Train Days event at the Los Altos History Museum.

Train Days returns to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes, whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed along rails. Museum visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.

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CPUC approves rate increases for Cal Water's Los Altos customers

The California Public Utilities Commission recently set water utility rates for customers of California Water Service Co. through 2016, marking the end of the mandatory review process that began in 2012. The new rates take effect Friday.

For the typical residential customer using 14,212 gallons of water per month, water bills will increase $2.63 per month, or 9 cents per day, to $79.90 in 2014, with smaller, inflationary increases in 2015 and 2016.

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Summer Writing Project seeks next great author

The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland libraries, joined forces with JukePop Inc. and Black Hill Press to promote writing and reading through the Summer Writing Project.

A collaborative effort to identify up-and-coming literary talent, the Summer Writing Project provides aspiring authors the opportunity to create novellas (fictional narratives normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) and submit them one chapter at a time for immediate quantitative and qualitative feedback from readers.

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AAUW looking for new members


Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The local American Association of University Women’s Tech Trek scholarship recipients include, from left, Karenna Olson from Egan Junior High, Idalia Martinez from Crittenden Middle School, Sarah Haslem from Blach Intermediate School, Michele Yuan from Crittenden, Tori Hausch from Egan, Katherine Shok from Blach and Katherine Houston from Blach.

The Los Altos-Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled to launch its membership year 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Hillview Community Center Social Hall, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Members, prospective members, friends and interested women and men are invited to attend, particularly parents of school-age daughters.

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