Wildfire protection plan offers safety tips for Los Altos Hills residents

After years of drought, Santa Clara County residents welcomed an abundance of winter and spring rains that revitalized watersheds and promoted the growth of fresh grasses and vegetation. Now, these favorable weather conditions also foreshadow dangers lurking in the summer and fall seasons when grasses, brush and vegetation dry from the heat and during hot and windy weather conditions become the fuel of wildfire dangers.

Los Altos Hills resident Dave Stewart is a Community Emergency Response Team supervisor who for many years has dedicated his time and volunteer efforts to emergency preparedness activities to support his neighbors and community in the event of disaster.

Community Briefs – Week of Sept. 25

AAUW talk centers on negotiating skills

The first meeting of the 2019-2020 membership year of the Los Altos/Mountain View branch of the American Association of University Women is scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Teen transitions from football player to novelist

Courtesy of Thomas Corrigan
Thomas Corrigan of Los Altos displays the covers of his two novels, “Right Now Is Worth It” and “The Good Life.” The teen said his books include many of his real-life experiences.

The end of Thomas Corrigan’s football career kicked off his writing career.

After suffering a concussion in his freshman year of high school, the Los Altos resident quit the sport and found another passion – writing novels.

Volunteers gather to serve during Compassion Week

Volunteers will serve their neighbors and the community through 100 projects in the Bay Area during Compassion Week 2019, scheduled Monday through Oct. 6.

Founded by Los Altos United Methodist Church in 2013, Compassion Week has expanded its vision of service to the greater community this year through a new partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation and several local faith communities. Los Altos churches joining the Compassion Week efforts this year are Christ Episcopal Church, St. Nicholas and St. William Catholic parishes, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LA History Museum hosts fundraiser at Auto Vino

The Los Altos History Museum’s fall fundraiser will feature exotic, classic and luxury automobiles and fine wines. The event, “If Cars Could Talk: Revving Up the Future of the Los Altos History Museum,” is scheduled 6-9 p.m. Oct. 12 at Auto Vino, 205 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park.

The evening will enable car enthusiasts and wine lovers to mingle at a unique automobile preserve and winery while enjoying a catered reception, live music by Big Basin Acoustic and both live and silent auctions.

Los Altos historian to interview famed valley orchardist Charles J. Olson

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Charles J. Olson of Sunnyvale and Robin Chapman of Los Altos attend the closing of Olson’s famous fruit stand, C. J. Olson’s Cherries, in Sunnyvale last year. The two are scheduled to share the stage at a discussion at the Saratoga Library 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Los Altos historian Robin Chapman is scheduled to interview orchardist Charles J. Olson of Sunnyvale – founder of C.J. Olson’s Cherries – 1:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Saratoga Library.

The Saratoga Historical Foundation persuaded Olson, 84, to make a rare personal appearance to discuss his life and legacy with Chapman, a former television reporter and author of “California Apricots: The Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley.”

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