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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Los Altos non-profit Hoopoe Books invokes oral traditions to promote Afghan literacy

Photo Courtesy Of Booksforafghanistan.org

Children in Afghanistan are learning to read, thanks in part to the efforts of Hoopoe Books, a Los Altos-based non-profit group.

A grant from the U.S. government and the work of a Los Altos-based non-profit has enabled stories from Afghanistan’s centuries-old oral tradition to teach reading and thinking skills to U.S. children since 1998. Now the published stories are being employed for the same purposes in their country of origin.

In 1998, Hoopoe Books, a division of the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, began publishing a series of illustrated children’s stories from the storytelling tradition of Afghanistan. To date, more than 600,000 Hoopoe books have been distributed in the U.S., used in schools and educational agencies across the country.

The popularity of the books in the U.S. led Hoopoe to launch a project, Books for Afghanistan, to repatriate the stories to Afghanistan, with a goal to develop the core skills in Afghan children and revitalize a storytelling tradition disrupted by more than three decades of conflict.

With the support of the Afghan Ministry of Education, since 2009 Hoopoe has distributed books and ancillary materials to libraries, schools and orphanages throughout Afghanistan in collaboration with the Khatiz Organization for Rehabilitation.

In summer 2010, Hoopoe’s Books for Afghanistan program came to the attention of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, resulting in a Public Diplomacy Grant award of $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of State to print and distribute more than 2.5 million books.

“Almost three-quarters of all Afghans over the age of 15 are illiterate – a disproportionate number of them female – and 5 million of the country’s 12 million school-age children have no access to education,” said Hoopoe Director Sally Mallam. “The need to increase literacy for all Afghans is vital as their country struggles to achieve stability, autonomy and peace, so there’s a huge amount of work still to be done.”

For more information, visit www.booksforafghanistan.org, email Mallam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 948-0243.

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