Corvette show visits downtown Sunday

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Pat Hendrix displays his 1961 Corvette drag racer, which is scheduled to be on hand at Sunday’s Corvette Spectacular.

Santa Clara Corvettes is scheduled to host its 42nd annual Corvette Spectacular car show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday along Main Street in downtown Los Altos.

Organizers estimate that more than 160 Corvettes will be on display, ranging from an original 1954 roadster to a 2019 Corvette ZR1 with 755 super-charged horsepower.

10th Train Days comes to LA History Museum this weekend

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Last year’s Train Days drew a large crowd of enthusiasts to the Los Altos History Museum. This year’s event is slated Saturday and Sunday.

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

Admission is $5, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Morning Forum lineup announced for 69th season

The 69th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos lecture series is set to get underway Sept. 18.

            Founded in Los Altos in 1950, the Morning Forum boasts 450 local members. The series features 16 speakers who appear 10 a.m. every other Tuesday from September through the beginning of June at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

            Speakers and their topics for the fall and winter:

  • • Sept. 18: Janine Zacharia, Carlos Kelly McClatchy Lecturer at Stanford University and former Jerusalem bureau chief for The Washington Post, “The Era of Noise: From Fake News to the Future of Journalism”
  • • Oct. 2: Chris Bliss, comedian, commentator and satirist, “Comedy Is Translation”
  • • Oct. 16: Allyson Hobbs, associate professor of history and director of African and African-American studies at Stanford University, “A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life”
  • • Nov. 6: Joseph Luzzi, author and professor of comparative literature at Bard College, “The Presidential Library: Books That Shaped Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Other Commanders-in-Chief”
  • • Nov. 20: Author and journalist Thomas Sanger, “The Athenia Story: The Forgotten Tale of a Passenger Ship Torpedoed on the First Day of WW II”
  • • Dec. 4: Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world, “Lessons from the Field: Kinship as an Intervention”
  • • Jan. 15: Laura Ling, award-winning journalist and co-author of “Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home,” “Journey of Hope”

            Membership is open to all.

         For a series subscription and more information, visit

Horticulture group discusses rehydration

            The Western Horticultural Society has scheduled the presentation “Rehydrating US: The Watershed Landscape Approach” 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

         Pamela Berstler, executive director of Pacific Horticulture, will explore the watershed approach to landscaping, which seeks to rehydrate the soils of the U.S. by directing rainwater into landscapes that have healthy living soil and thus reduce the dependence on irrigation water by restoring the naturally regulating water cycles.

            The program will include a member-led discussion and demonstration of unusual plants, as well as a plant sale of diverse plant varieties donated by members.

            Admission is free for members, $10 for nonmembers.

            For more information, visit

Proud sibling reflects on brother's 'Crazy Rich Asians' success

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Larry Chu Jr., from left, poses with brother Jon and their mother, Ruth, at a press party at Chef Chu’s promoting “Crazy Rich Asians” Aug. 2.

Los Altos Hills native Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians” film has exceeded expectations at the box office, with the romantic comedy more than doubling its anticipated earnings in its first week. The movie, which Chu directed, also ranked No. 1 in its second week, a rare feat.

“I’m super proud of him,” said Larry Chu Jr. about his younger brother, who graduated from Pinewood School.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Author follows love interest to local area

Courtesy of Historic Bay Area Visionaries and California Historical Society


Note: This is Part 2 in a series that began last week.


Author Robert Louis Stevenson made the 6,000-mile journey from his home in Scotland to the Bay Area in 1879 because he had fallen in love with a woman from California. Her name was Fanny Osbourne and the two had met in France. He knew that she was married and had been for 20 years, but she had recently moved from Oakland to Monterey to distance herself from her unfaithful spouse. Stevenson set off in hot pursuit.

Arriving in Oakland on Aug. 30, 1879, after his trip across the U.S. on the transcontinental railroad, he took a ferry across the San Francisco Bay. Then, he caught the morning train south, which took him through the heart of the Santa Clara Valley and deposited him in Salinas at approximately 1:30 that afternoon. There, he hopped the Monterey & Salinas Valley Railroad, which took him straight to the Monterey wharf.

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