Seeking STEM museum inspiration, Kenyan scientist stops in Los Altos

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Serah Waithera Kahiu, center, chats with Los Altos History Museum volunteers, including Nomi Trapnell, left, during a reception at the museum last week.

As a curious 5-year-old in Kenya, Serah Waithera Kahiu wondered why her shadow followed her during the day but not at night. To help her understand the science behind the phenomenon, Kahiu’s father placed a lamp in front of her hand to illustrate how illumination created a shadow on the wall behind her.

The lesson not only shed light on the subject, but also foreshadowed Kahiu’s career in and devotion to science.


Council candidates discuss investment in south Los Altos

Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.


Los Altos school resource officer melds teaching and policing

Courtesy of Katie Krauss
Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, addresses an elementary school classroom.

Agent Katie Krauss, school resource officer for the Los Altos Police Department, came into her career with a unique perspective – she previously worked as a teacher.

Krauss’ experiences teaching first and second grades made her the ideal candidate for the law enforcement position. The bulk of her day’s work includes making presentations at local schools on topics like Internet safety, drug use and Code Red training, the lockdown protocol for schools facing armed-intruder situations.


Writers sought to spin spooky stories

October is here, which means that Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words.


Canine club: Resident issues call for oodles of Doodles

Courtesy of Diana Lloyd
Diana Lloyd and her Labradoodle, Teddy, are looking to start a Doodle club. She got the idea after running into numerous people who own the same breed.

Los Altos resident Diana Lloyd is a “Doodler” – a devoted owner of a mini-Australian Labradoodle, Teddy. She’s on a mission to unite local Doodle owners by launching a club devoted to the popular breed.

“I am calling all Doodle owners that would like to meet and share our wonderful pets,” she said.


Save the Date

Oct. 31

Halloween Spooktacular, noon to 4 p.m. in downtown Los Altos. The annual event features trick-or-treating for children, face painting and games. Information:

Nov. 30

Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade, 6 p.m. along Main and State streets in downtown Los Altos. Information:


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