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Library explores world of Jane Austen

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host an illustrated lecture by docent Kathryn Zupsic on “The World of Jane Austen: British Art/Culture in Her World” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Austen lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, considered the Golden Age of British painting. Portrait artists Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough depicted the ladies, gentlemen and officers of Austen’s day. Zupsic will offer a perspective of the author’s world that illuminates her life, novels and the time in which she lived.


Ambitious exhibition shows transition of Valley of Heart's Delight to Silicon Valley

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A map prepared for the exhibit shows the Peninsula and South Bay locations of some of the most influential high-tech companies in the world.

A new exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” is scheduled Oct. 16 through April at the Los Altos History Museum.

The exhibition will answer the questions: Why here? What was it that led the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators? And who were the visionaries and risk-takers that made it happen?


Beyond chickens: Third annual Tour de Coop offers fresh eggs, ideas

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If you like bikes and chickens, you’re in luck: The Tour de Coop is awaiting your participation. The event is scheduled Sept. 21.

Though chickens are the big stars of the third annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a series of bicycle tours that take participants to see local chicken coops, this year’s event boasts a strong supporting cast of bees, ducks and worms as well.

“It’s much more about sustainability… than just chickens,” according to event organizer Scott Vanderlip.


Rain harvest seminar slated tonight

A rain harvest seminar for homeowners and design professionals is scheduled 7-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Co-sponsored by GreenTown Los Altos, Acterra and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the seminar will offer information on capturing rainwater to irrigate gardens, increase groundwater supplies and decrease flooding.


LAH fire district schedules CERT training classes

In response to the Aug. 24 earthquake in Napa, the Los Altos Hills County Fire District is offering a special Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training this month.

Residents of Los Altos Hills and the unincorporated areas of the fire district are invited to sign up for one of 30 available seats in the course, which runs Sept. 23 to Sept. 27.


MV seeks ideas on feral cats, wildlife protection

The city of Mountain View is accepting applications for volunteers for an ad hoc Feral Cats and Wildlife Stakeholders Working Group.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday and applicants must be residents of Mountain View.


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