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Block Action Team organizes training sessions for leaders

Block Action Teams, a Los Altos Community Foundation program, are being formed throughout local neighborhoods to help residents prepare and connect in the wake of an emergency or natural disaster.

BAT leader training sessions are scheduled 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and Nov. 17 at the Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Ohlone Day explores local history

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Ohlone Day participants partake of a little light gambling.

Deer hooves rattled and branches clapped in an outdoor concert last weekend at Deer Hollow Farm’s Ohlone Day.

Volunteers encouraged the children making a clamor to imagine how one might dance to the sounds, filling in pieces of what’s known and not known about the people who lived on this land for thousands of years before European settlers arrived.

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World Affairs talk centers on cybersecurity

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled the presentation “Cybersecurity While Keeping the Lights On” 7:30-9 p.m. today at Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Dan Boneh, professor of computer science at Stanford University, and Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, postdoctoral fellow from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will discuss the technical nature of cybersecurity challenges and regulatory aspects that are being implemented to protect the nation’s power grid from cyber attacks.

Volunteer costume curators bring creative dreams to life in Los Altos

Courtesy of Costume Bank
Volunteers at the Costume Bank helped create “Game of Thrones” characters from scratch, from Jaime Lannister’s gold hand, right, to the broad sword and furs of the North.

A group of Los Altos volunteers preserves a pre-Amazon vision of dressing up for Halloween, assembling from scratch elaborate and sometimes handmade disguises for local trick-or-treaters and costume partiers.

Los Altos’ Costume Bank rents and sells costumes year-round, but October represents their busiest time of year – and the period in which they raise the lion’s share of their funding for local causes. The shop raises proceeds for the Assistance League of Los Altos, a nonprofit organization whose volunteers man the store and serve as personal costume stylists. The Assistance League uses proceeds to support their programs providing housing for patients and their families adjacent to Stanford Hospital, and baby supplies for underserved families in Santa Clara County.

Petting zoo, classic cars, rides and games await visitors at Los Altos Fall Festival

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This weekend’s Fall Festival in downtown Los Altos will offer something for all ages, from games and crafts in the fall-themed Children’s Alley. Other highlights will include the new Tatratea Bar, a slot car racing track and a petting zoo.

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 25th annual Fall Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the South Parking Plaza in downtown Los Altos.

The festival’s Children’s Alley will feature the Little Explorer’s Petting Zoo, a hands-on experience with rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats, ducks, guinea pigs and a giant tortoise.

LA student leads effort to help children's home in Kathmandu

Courtesy of Capucine Querenet
Capucine Querenet of Los Altos shows children at the Aishworya Children’s Home in Kathmandu how to use their new Kindles.

Capucine Querenet traveled more than 9,500 miles from her Los Altos home to learn the difference between people who need help and people who desperately need help.

What started as a small French Christian summer camp effort to support a children’s home in Nepal has blossomed into an ongoing fund- raising drive under the leadership of the 17-year-old Homestead High School senior.

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