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Morning Forum: Paleontologist shares dream of tracking dinosaurs

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The Spinosaurus, shown here in action in a rendering by artist Davide Bonadonna, was the subject of a Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation by paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim Sept. 20.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos launched its fall season Sept. 20 with the presentation “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”

Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, Ph.D., a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and TED Fellow, is lead author of a study on the amphibious creatures who lived 100 million years ago in North Africa.

Los Altos History Museum shoots for the moon with Oct. 15 festival

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Mary Kuperman, storyteller and event co-chairwoman for last year’s MoonFest, distributes stickers to children for their “passport” books for completing a series of MoonFest crafts.

The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled its annual MoonFest event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 on the museum patio, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event is inspired by the mid-autumn and lantern festivals celebrated in many Asian countries. The holiday is traditionally held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the East Asian lunar calendar (Sept. 15 this year), but the museum will celebrate during the next full moon.

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

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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.

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