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Library explores world of Jane Austen

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host an illustrated lecture by docent Kathryn Zupsic on “The World of Jane Austen: British Art/Culture in Her World” 7:30 p.m. today in the Program Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Austen lived during the 18th and 19th centuries, considered the Golden Age of British painting. Portrait artists Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough depicted the ladies, gentlemen and officers of Austen’s day. Zupsic will offer a perspective of the author’s world that illuminates her life, novels and the time in which she lived.


Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos marks centennial Sept. 21

Photos courtesy of Nancy Morimoto
“The Little Brown Church,” above in black and white, was built in 1914. Below, the church is rebuilt in 1957. At bottom, a youth group at the church has fun in a photo from the 1970s.

Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos is scheduled to host a community worship service and social event to commemorate its 100th anniversary 10 a.m. Sept. 21 at the church, 858 University Ave.

At its founding in 1914, the church, commonly known as “The Little Brown Church,” was located at Third and Whitney streets, adjacent to San Antonio Road.


Shifting into 70: Los Altos resident celebrates birthday with Yosemite ride

Courtesy of Mary Ann Bogart
Cousins Mary Ann Bogart (blond) and Pegi Wheeler chronicle stops during their cycling trip to Yosemite.

Cousins Mary Ann Bogart, a 69-year-old Los Altos resident, and Pegi Wheeler, a 54-year-old San Jose resident, share a unique tradition. Every 10 years since 1994, the two women trek the nearly 200 miles to Yosemite National Park on their bicycles.

The trips mark Bogart’s Sept. 15 birthday. This year, the women are scheduled to celebrate Bogart’s 70th bash Thursday with their usual 2.5 day journey across steep mountains and through unpredictable weather and terrain. The payoff? The satisfaction of completing the physical feat and a night at the Ahwahnee Hotel where their loved ones will greet them with cheers of support.


Ambitious exhibition shows transition of Valley of Heart's Delight to Silicon Valley

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
A map prepared for the exhibit shows the Peninsula and South Bay locations of some of the most influential high-tech companies in the world.

A new exhibition, “Silicon Valley: The Lure & the Legends,” is scheduled Oct. 16 through April at the Los Altos History Museum.

The exhibition will answer the questions: Why here? What was it that led the Valley of Heart’s Delight from orchards to oscillators? And who were the visionaries and risk-takers that made it happen?


Beyond chickens: Third annual Tour de Coop offers fresh eggs, ideas

Town Crier File Photo
If you like bikes and chickens, you’re in luck: The Tour de Coop is awaiting your participation. The event is scheduled Sept. 21.

Though chickens are the big stars of the third annual Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, a series of bicycle tours that take participants to see local chicken coops, this year’s event boasts a strong supporting cast of bees, ducks and worms as well.

“It’s much more about sustainability… than just chickens,” according to event organizer Scott Vanderlip.


Rain harvest seminar slated tonight

A rain harvest seminar for homeowners and design professionals is scheduled 7-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Co-sponsored by GreenTown Los Altos, Acterra and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the seminar will offer information on capturing rainwater to irrigate gardens, increase groundwater supplies and decrease flooding.


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