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.


Morning Forum announces lineup for upcoming season

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is scheduled to launch Tuesday with a varied lineup of speakers and topics.

Founded in 1950, Morning Forum is an all-volunteer organization with 450 members. The series 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.


Upcoming LAVA event offers plenty to 'wine' about

The Los Altos Village Association has scheduled the following fall events.

• Los Altos Wine Walk, 5-9 p.m. Sept. 18. Eighteen wineries are set to participate, along with 22 downtown businesses. Participating businesses will be identified with large balloon bouquets.


Native Plant Society hosts expert on Great Valley's vernal pools

The California Native Plant Society has scheduled botany expert Carol Witham to discuss “The Distribution and Ecology of Vernal Pools” 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Vernal pools support a flora and fauna found nowhere else on the face of the planet, according to experts. Vernal pools were once widespread in the Great Valley, as were the wildflowers that characterize the unique habitats; approximately 90 percent of the state’s vernal pools are now gone.


Celebrity Forum series launches 48th season with physicist Kaku

The 48th annual Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series, which opens in October and runs through May, features a varied lineup of newsmakers who appear for three consecutive nights at Flint Center on the De Anza College campus in Cupertino.

The Foothill-De Anza Community College District sponsors the series, and founder Dick Henning serves as moderator.


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