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.

At the Library: Week of Aug. 22

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit

• Noon or 7:30 p.m. Monday: The Now Read This book club will discuss “When a Man Falls from the Sky” by Nigerian author Lesley Nneka Arimah. The club, a joint effort of the “PBS NewsHour” and The New York Times, invites readers to participate in discussions in real time and ask questions of the authors.

Emergency preparedness courses available

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is open to Los Altos and Los Altos Hills volunteers willing to help their neighbors in the aftermath of a major disaster.

The next Los Altos CERT course is scheduled 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 11-27 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., with a final class exercise and graduation set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 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.

LAUMC, Ashoka team up to help kids 'thrive' in Friday workshop

If we want a new generation of effective leaders and changemakers, we have to offer our youth the opportunity. That’s the theme behind “Your Kids Can Thrive,” a workshop scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The church is hosting the event in partnership with Ashoka, an international nonprofit group that supports social entrepreneurship. Ashoka representatives have been collaborating with leaders at Los Altos United Methodist Church since April to train a group of changemaker fellows charged with effecting positive change in the community.

Day of meditation offered in Los Altos

Insight Meditation South Bay has scheduled a day of mindfulness meditation 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Foothills Congregational Church Parish Hall, 461 Orange Ave., Los Altos.

The event offers the opportunity for meditators to deepen their practice with a program of alternating sitting and walking meditations, guided meditations, reflections and teachings. Shaila Catherine, founder of the nonprofit Insight Meditation, will present teachings aimed at developing meditative skills, exploring the Buddha’s teachings or strengthening mindfulness and concentration.

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