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Downtown movie nights revive fantasy heroes of childhoods past


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“Harry Potter” films draw hundreds of movie-goers to Main Street each August as part of the city’s Friday Movie Nights series. This year the series goes deep into the childhood fantasy canon, with villains from decades past joining the Malfoys in the lineup.

Los Altos’ free outdoor movie nights light up starting Friday evening, and this year’s roster of films introduces young viewers to high-flying, witch-battling, sorcerous adventures spanning the last century. The lineup will also likely delight parents who’ve gone too long without remembering Falkor and Atreyu, Mr. Tumnus the Faun and, of course, Dorothy.

The Los Altos Village Association (LAVA) hoists a screen across Main Street for Friday Movie Nights as families spread out blankets, chairs and picnics at downtown’s core. Beginning at 6 p.m., bounce houses, a face painter and a balloon artist entertain children, and stores and restaurants remain open across downtown.

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Local judge teaches lesson in civil rights at Los Altos Rotary Club


Courtesy of Randy Gard
Len Edwards addresses Los Altos Rotarians July 17.

Retired Superior Court Judge Len Edwards taught a living history lesson to the Rotary Club of Los Altos July 17 as he described his personal experiences as an early participant in the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi.

During the summer of 1964, Edwards traveled to the South to fight for blacks’ right to register to vote. He has seen dramatic changes since then.

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'Downton Abbey' replicated for Los Altos fundraiser


Courtesy of Nomi Trapnell
Doris and Kristen Fuller, from left, flank Lord Grantham, who graces the 7-foot-by-30-foot backdrop featuring other “Downton Abbey” characters at the Los Altos History Museum fundraiser.

Fans of the PBS series “Downton Abbey” turned out by the dozens for the July 19 Los Altos History Museum fundraiser held at the home of Nomi and Fritz Trapnell.

“We had about 80 people, almost all in costume,” said Nomi, president of the museum’s board of directors. “They really got into the history and had fun with it.”

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Byrne Brigade clears the way for native plants



Members of the Byrne Brigade have gathered weekly since the end of June to clear non-native plants and excess brush from the Los Altos Hills preserve. Acterra, which has a contract with the town to rid the area of invasive plant species, coordinates the volunteers. Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier

The proliferation of mustard weeds and star thistles in local open spaces may soon be on the decline, thanks in part to the efforts of Acterra and the Byrne Brigade.

Since the end of June, the group of local volunteers has gathered weekly at Los Altos Hills’ Byrne Preserve to clear non-native plants and excess brush.

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Battery recycling program lives on with new volunteers


Grant and Elvin Chen

Two new volunteers have stepped up to recharge the local battery recycling program.

In the June 25 Town Crier, Los Altos brothers Matthew and Peter Farmer issued a plea for a successor to oversee the program. Local residents drop off their used batteries at the Los Altos Library, and volunteers collect and sort them weekly and drop them off at the Sunnyvale Recycling Center monthly.

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Save the Date

Sept. 5

Rock Back the Clock, 1950s-themed dinner-dance benefiting Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade. 6-10 p.m., Rancho Shopping Center, corner of Springer Road and Foothill Expressway. Information: http://www.losaltosparade.com/RockBack.htm.

Sept. 21

Santa Clara Corvettes “Corvette Spectacular” car show, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Los Altos. Information: sccorvettes.org.

Sept. 27

“Back to the ’50s Night” fundraiser, 6-9 p.m. at Villa Siena, 1855 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. Information: 318-5813.

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