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Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water says no E. coli in water; limits boiling advisory area

Cal Water officials said today that preliminary water quality test results were negative for E. coli were negative and "only a single hydrant" in the South El Monte area of Los Altos showed the presence of total coliform. They reduced the "boil your ...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Get your hands dirty digging into native plants

I love to read about plants and listen to people talk about them, but I learn the most hands-on, when I can touch and smell plants and see how they fill space.

A number of upcoming gardening classes and other events offer opportunities to see and touch native plants in person. You can still volunteer for many of these events; they are a good chance to meet amateurs as well as experts.

• Whether you're new to growing native plants or an old hand, you should know about the Gardening with Natives group that meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Peninsula Conservation Center, 3921 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto. The meetings are a forum for people interested in learning about California native plants and how to introduce them into their gardens.

• The Ulistac Natural Area, 41 acres of land off Lick Mill Road in Santa Clara, has scheduled a Wildflower Celebration featuring native-plant gardening classes, guided tours and other activities 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7. Ulistac hosts restoration workdays twice a month, with volunteers concentrating on the 5-acre oak woodland and savannah and the nearly 1-acre Bird and Butterfly Garden.

• The local chapter of the California Native Plant Society has scheduled a spring plant sale 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. Native-plant gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. Volunteers grow the plants at the sale. Call Jean Struthers at 941-2586 to find out about native nursery work sessions.

• Carol Bornstein, one of the authors of "California Native Plants for the Garden" (Cachuma Press, 2005), is scheduled to speak 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Western Horticulture Society meeting at Covington Elementary School, 205 Covington Road, Los Altos. Bornstein, affiliated with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, will discuss perennials. Nonmembers pay $5.

• More than 400 wildflowers, arranged by plant family, will be on display at the Wildflower Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 and 15 at Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara. Volunteers collect the plants - with necessary permits - from surrounding areas a few days prior to the event. The show features classes in wildflower and native-plant gardening and tours of Mission's native garden. Park free in Lot C.

• Native Hill, a public garden at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills, sponsors occasional weekend workdays. Call Phil Higgins at 941-4752 to volunteer.

• Register now to attend the free Going Native Garden Tour, scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29. The tour will feature more than 40 gardens in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. You can preview some gardens on the Web site, www.goingnativegardentour.org.

Horticulturist Tanya Kucak grows natives, edibles and herbs organically. For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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