Los Altos United Methodist Church schedules annual Compassion Week

Los Altos United Methodist Church has scheduled its sixth annual Compassion Week Sept. 24-30.

In lieu of attending regular worship services, congregants and local residents participate in volunteer service activities in the area.

SIR hosts head of aviation museum

Jeffery Bass, president and CEO of the Hiller Aviation Museum, is scheduled to speak at a Sons In Retirement Mission Trail Branch 35 meeting, scheduled 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Sons In Retirement is open to retired and semi-retired men who want to make or renew friendships. Group activities include golf, book club and swap, bowling, dining in, bocce ball, tennis and travel. Many groups are open to spouses and significant others.

Community Briefs: Week of Aug. 29

LA Library hosts Chinese Film Festival

The Los Altos Library is scheduled to host a Chinese Film Festival 7:30 p.m. Saturdays in September and October in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The screenings are part of the fifth annual Across the Pacific – China Arts Festival, organized by the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

Annual Tour de Coop showcases backyard chicken roosts


Bicycles and chickens may seem like an unlikely pairing, but the combination has made for a wildly popular local event – the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop.

Now in its seventh year, the free event enables area residents to show off their chicken coops to members of the community, who are encouraged to ride their bicycles to participating homes. The Tour de Coop is scheduled 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15, with several Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View homes on the tour.

Train Days celebrates 10 years at LA museum

The Los Altos History Museum’s 10th annual Train Days event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, the event is designed to showcase the “joy and wonder” of model railroading. Train Days will feature elaborate layouts and intricate scenery, including scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars replete with steam, lights and sound.

Artist with a camera – Bob Ray leads photography lesson at library Thursday


Bob Ray describes himself as “an artist with a camera” who doesn’t teach photography but rather aims to inspire others through his workshops.

Ray is slated to return to the Los Altos main library Thursday night to lead a free workshop, “The Big Picture of Photography,” in the Orchard Room.

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