Committee seeks nominees for volunteer service awards

The Joint Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Volunteer Service Awards Committee is accepting nominations of outstanding local volunteers through Oct. 26 for the 33rd annual Volunteer Service Awards.

The committee will recognize honorees at a luncheon scheduled Dec. 4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto. Judy Miner, chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, will deliver the keynote address.


Talk focuses on integrating grasses in low-water lawns

Members of the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County are scheduled discuss integrating grasses in low-water landscapes 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. The group’s mission is to extend the ability of the local Cooperative Extension office to provide practical, scientific horticulture and gardening information.


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Through Sept. 24

Los Altos Farmers’ Market, 4-8 p.m. Thursdays on State Street between Second and Fourth streets. Information:


Los Altos Morning Forum speaker series underway; subscriptions available

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series launched this week with speaker Tim Farrell’s presentation on author Charles Dickens.

Founded in 1950, Morning Forum is an all-volunteer organization with 450 members. The series, which features a varied lineup of speakers and topics, is slated 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.


Train Days makes annual stop at Los Altos History Museum

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Children and their parents watch a Train Days demonstration at a previous event. Train Days is scheduled Sept. 19 and 20 at the Los Altos History Museum.

The annual Train Days event is scheduled to roll in to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20.

Train Days is designed to celebrate 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 models and field questions about their American, European and Asian layouts.


Community Briefs

CERT training set to start Sept. 16

The Los Altos Block Action Team has scheduled Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 14 at Intero Real Estate, 496 First St., Suite 200, Los Altos.

Organizers said the goal is “to teach you the skills that will allow you to help your family and neighbors in the event of an emergency.” Skills include emergency preparation, first aid, triage, search and rescue, and managing gas, water, fire and electrical problems.


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