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Mountain View Rotary Club grants support wide range of local agencies

Courtesy of Anita Grossman
Mountain View Rotary Club representatives Anita Grossman, right, and Twana Karney, second from right, distribute checks to recipients of the club’s community grants.

The Mountain View Rotary Club awarded community grants totaling $16,095 in 2016.

Grant recipients include:

Mark your calendar: Train Days are coming right around the bend

The Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates 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 trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

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Cranston discusses family history

Los Altos Hills resident Kim Cranston, son of the late U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston, is scheduled to discuss his family’s history 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

The Cranston family has deep roots in Los Altos Hills, arriving in 1914 – before it was designated a town.

Pullets on parade: Tour de Coop features urban farms, coops

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Ain’t nobody here but us chickens: A boy feeds some hungry chickens at the “Downton Eggy” coop at last year’s Tour de Coop. This year’s event is scheduled Sept. 17.

Get to know Olive Eggers, Plymouth Rock and Cuckoo Maran. Toss in a couple of Nigerian dwarf goats, fresh-squeezed lemonade sourced from a 70-year-old lemon tree, a few thousand honeybees and squadrons of bicycles tricked out with rooster-related regalia. That – in an eggshell – is the 2016 Silicon Valley Tour de Coop.

“People just seem to love this event,” said organizer Scott Vanderlip, a Los Altos Hills resident. “I mean, you can’t get real serious about chickens.”

Popular Zumba instructor celebrates five years of fun in downtown Los Altos

Kathryn Kemp/Special to the Town Crier
Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh, left, says the key to enjoying her Oola Dance Fitness classes is to “lose yourself in the music.”

At a recent night class at the American Legion on First Street, Zumba instructor Ula Ghosheh leads her students with joy and enthusiasm. The music is blasting and everyone’s smiling. Her students are not only getting a workout, they’re having a great time.

It’s no wonder Ghosheh has nearly 400 students per week in her Oola Dance Fitness classes.

Downtown Los Altos kicks off Labor Day weekend with First Friday

Courtesy of Sharon Storms
Carol Garsten of Nature Gallery on State Street serves wine and snacks at every First Friday.

It’s that time of the month: Friday marks September’s First Friday event with festivities in downtown Los Altos that include live entertainment, children’s activities, extended store hours and special promotions.

Friday’s event will feature discounts on merchandise and services; restaurant happy hours; artist receptions at Gallery 9 and Viewpoints Galley; a Kids Corner with children’s activities at Veterans Community Plaza, Main and State streets; and Club 55, the pop-up club for residents 55 and older, on the back patio at the Costume Bank at 169 State St. The club will offer wine tasting and appetizers.

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