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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Piecing it together : Mosaic artists show their work downtown at Main Street Cafe


Apala Egan/Special to the town Crier
April Maiten is among the artists slated to exhibit their mosaics at Main Street Cafe & Books throughout August.

Longtime Los Altos Art Club member April Maiten is putting the pieces together.

Maiten founded “Full Spectrum Mosaics: Artists of Silicon Valley,” an artists’ network, four years ago. Mosaic work is a distinctive field of art wherein artists use a variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, semiprecious stones, rocks, metals and any other items that might catch their fancy.

“Creating mosaic art is a lengthy process,” said Maiten, a Los Gatos resident. “It may take weeks to complete a piece, and an item might take up to a hundred hours to make.”

Maiten is among the artists scheduled to exhibit their mosaic works at Main Street Cafe & Books in Los Altos during August.

Two Los Altos residents, Kathy Richardson and Vaishali Sanghavi, are slated to display their artwork. The participating artists are set to appear at the cafe noon Aug. 31.

Richardson’s work consists mostly of architectural pieces such as backsplashes and panels for fire pits, with bold and dramatic elements in vibrant colors. Sanghavi creates a number of smaller pieces that highlight attention to detail.

Glass by its very nature is heavy, so manipulating the individual pieces can be difficult, Maiten said of her process. She added that outdoor mosaics require a different set of glues and only certain types of material are suitable for external displays.

“Within the world of fine arts, people tend to view mosaics more as a craft rather than an art form, and some museums will not want to show it,” she said. “People see our work and appreciate it for what it is.”

According to Maiten, there is an entire range of things artists can do with mosaics.

“Mosaics have been discovered in ancient Greece and Rome, too,” she said. “We would like to make those in the business of art view it as a form of art as well.”

The Bay Area boasts a number of mosaic artists, and Maiten said community support is especially strong in the Los Altos area.

Los Altos Hills hosted a juried exhibition at town hall, and the Los Altos Senior Center has displayed mosaic artwork. Restaurants such as Brian’s, The Original Pancake House and Main Street Cafe & Books have supported the mosaic artists’ efforts as well.

Main Street Cafe & Books is located at 134 Main St., Los Altos. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, visit aprilarts.com.

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