Los Altos Morning Forum speaker series underway; subscriptions available

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series launched this week with speaker Tim Farrell’s presentation on author Charles Dickens.

Founded in 1950, Morning Forum is an all-volunteer organization with 450 members. The series, which features a varied lineup of speakers and topics, is slated 10:15-11:45 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.


Kenyan immigrant sponsors book fund for African children

Courtesy of Foothills Congregational Church
After emigrating from Kenya with his family in 2007, Stanley Imbali, center, launched a book fund for African children in his home village. His church, Foothills Congregational, celebrated the family’s newfound status as U.S. citizens at its annual Fourth of July picnic.

In 2007, the United States granted immigration visas to six Kenyan citizens out of 46,000 applications. The seemingly impossible odds led to a life-changing opportunity for Stanley Imbali, now a member of Foothills Congregational Church in Los Altos.

Through a series of fortunate coincidences, Imbali won the immigration lottery, enabling him, his wife and his children to move to California. He and his wife, Schola, are parents to Brian, 21, a pre-med student at UC Davis; Melous, 18, a freshman at Chico State University; Bruce, 12; and Tyra, 7, who was born in Africa soon after Imbali was granted the visas.


Train Days makes annual stop at Los Altos History Museum

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Children and their parents watch a Train Days demonstration at a previous event. Train Days is scheduled Sept. 19 and 20 at the Los Altos History Museum.

The annual Train Days event is scheduled to roll in to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20.

Train Days is designed to celebrate 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 models and field questions about their American, European and Asian layouts.


Trump, Bush top SPARC GOP straw poll

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) speaks to the crowd at the annual South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition picnic at Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills.

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush led a presidential straw poll at the recent South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) picnic at Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills.


Community Briefs

CERT training set to start Sept. 16

The Los Altos Block Action Team has scheduled Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 14 at Intero Real Estate, 496 First St., Suite 200, Los Altos.

Organizers said the goal is “to teach you the skills that will allow you to help your family and neighbors in the event of an emergency.” Skills include emergency preparation, first aid, triage, search and rescue, and managing gas, water, fire and electrical problems.


City introduces trial program to provide food for homebound seniors

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Service Department is sponsoring the Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound (S.A.S.H.) trial program, scheduled to launch Monday.

Local volunteers are available to pick up cooked rotisserie chickens from Costco and deliver them to homebound Los Altos seniors, according to city public information coordinator Erica Ray. The cost for a chicken home delivery is $7 for Los Altos Senior Center members and $8 for nonmembers.


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