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Los Altos Community Foundation accepting grant applications through Sept. 23

The Los Altos Community Foundation is accepting grant applications through Sept. 23.

The foundation’s Community Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations and activities that directly serve Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and surrounding areas.

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Third Street Green's schedule of remaining events

• 2-6 p.m. today: Imagination Playground (large building blocks made of soft materials for toddlers)

• 3-4 p.m. today: Bubble Man Show

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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


Town Crier File Photo
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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