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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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Also happening at the museum

‘MoonFest’ rises for families

The museum has scheduled the “Mid-Autumn MoonFest” harvest festival for families 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at the museum.

The event includes storytelling, food tasting, lantern making and entertainment.

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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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Los Altos High Class of 1984 hosts reunion at Shoup Park

Members of the Los Altos High School Class of 1984 have scheduled a 30-year reunion 4-7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave., Los Altos.

Activities will include mingling with friends over drinks and appetizers and a casual dinner from the Paddy Wagon Food Truck, which serves a variety of gourmet sliders.

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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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