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Train Days roll in again at Los Altos History Museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

Community Briefs

Library presentation spotlights composting

The Los Altos Library and the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County have scheduled a presentation on “The Science of Composting” 7 p.m. Aug. 31 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The discussion will explore the world of composting from the macro to the micro, the elements, the molecules, the bugs and beyond. Attendees can learn about how one small act of waste diversion in the home can have major positive impacts on climate, soil and society.

Cranston to discuss deep family ties to Los Altos Hills in upcoming talk

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Alan Cranston, shown here at age 10, served in the U.S. Senate for 24 years. He grew up in Los Altos Hills and attended local schools.

Kim Cranston, a Los Altos Hills resident and the son of the late U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston, is scheduled to discuss his family’s history 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The Cranston family has deep roots in Los Altos Hills, arriving in 1914 – before it was designated a town.

LAH Antiochian church hosts food festival

From Orthodoxredeemer.org
The Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival will feature desserts like baklava.

The Antiochian Orthodox Church of the Redeemer has scheduled its 35th annual Mediterranean Food and Cultural Festival 1-10 p.m. Sept. 10 and noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the church, 380 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos Hills.

The fundraiser will feature Middle Eastern cuisine, music performances from around the world, arts and crafts, raffles, children’s activities and family entertainment. The program will include tours of the sanctuary and its religious iconography.

Fire department offers CERT training in Los Altos

The Santa Clara County Fire Department has scheduled Community Emergency Response Team training 6-9 p.m. Sept. 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28 and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Community Briefs

Presentation highlights ‘Wild West’ exhibition

Fine-arts docent Jim Kohn is scheduled to present an illustrated lecture on the San Francisco Legion of Honor’s current exhibition, “Wild West: Plains to the Pacific,” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The exhibition, which runs through Sept. 11, features works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Chiura Obata, Peter Hurd and William Hahn.

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