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Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

Enchanté plaza remains open to the public

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The plaza area at Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves drinks and small plates.

The Los Altos City Council Aug. 25 voted unanimously in favor of Enchanté Boutique Hotel serving beverages and small plates to the public on t...

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Schools

Mountain View High launches Bring Your Own Device program

Mountain View High launches Bring Your Own Device program


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Mountain View High School staff distribute Chromebooks to students last week. The school is rolling out the Bring Your Own Device program this year, which gives students and teachers around-the-clock access to laptops.

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Community

'Rock Back the Clock': End of an era, beginning of new one

'Rock Back the Clock': End of an era, beginning of new one


Town Crier File Photo
Time has run out for “Rock Back the Clock,” the 1950s-themed dance party at Rancho Shopping Center.

After 25 successful years, the “Rock Back the Clock” Committee has decided to end the annual 1950s-themed event held at R...

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Sports

Dean of the badminton court

Dean of the badminton court


Courtesy of the Tan family
Los Altos resident Dean Tan and mixed- doubles partner Jenny Gai stand on the podium shortly after winning the gold at the 2015 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships earlier this month in Tijuana, Mexico.

Dean Tan began pl...

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Comment

Warning: Useless flood basin ahead

Our water and fire agencies receive much attention (and scrutiny) during the hot, dry days of summer – water for the lack of it and fire for its widespread destruction. During this extreme drought year, we are deluged with water conservation ma...

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Special Sections

A tale of two Los Altos love stories: Country club classic


Photos Courtesy of Kelly Boitano Photography
Lindsey Murray and Christof Wessbecher tie the knot in Los Altos.

Lindsey Murray and Christof Wessbecher grew up in parallel Los Altos orbits, never meeting – he went to St. Francis High School, sh...

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Business

Five thoughts on the current market correction

The 531-point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average Friday (Aug. 21) was certainly headline grabbing in its magnitude. It represented a one-day 3.1 percent drop in the index and resulted in a 10 percent correction from its high in May.

It’s compl...

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People

BRUCE CHARLES MEYER

BRUCE CHARLES MEYER

Bruce Charles Meyer, 81, died Wednesday, August 5th at his home in Carmel, California. He leaves his wife Valda Cotsworth and her daughter Katie Roos; his sons, Bruce and Joseph Meyer from his first marriage and his brother Gordon Meyer; four grand...

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Travel

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades

Carmel Valley Ranch unveils upgrades


Courtesy of Carmel Valley Ranch
Carmel Valley Ranch recently upgraded its Vineyard Oak suites, which feature sweeping views, rocking chairs and private outdoor tubs for soaking under the stars.

Things are heating up at Carmel Valley Ranch, with 30 n...

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Stepping Out

Open 'House'

Open 'House'


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Anna Patterson (played by Kimberly King) accepts a drink from Michael Astor (Jason Kuykendall) in “The Country House.”

TheaterWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “The Country House” is scheduled to r...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos native combines Judaism, social justice, advocacy

Los Altos native combines Judaism, social justice, advocacy


Los Altos native Gabriel Lehrman’s passion for Judaism, social justice and advocacy brought him to Washington, D.C., this summer for the Machon Kaplan Summer Social Action Internship program at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.

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Inside Mountain View

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for

MV actress/playwright Garvin wins NY festival award for "Corners Grove"


Courtesy of Undiscovered Countries
Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin received a New York arts festival award for a featured role in “Corners Grove,” a play she wrote.

New York recognized that one of Mountain View’s own can “make it there” when the Planet C...

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Community Briefs

Federated Woman's Club seeks toys for CSA

The Federated Woman's Club of Los Altos will hold its monthly meeting Dec. 6 at the Los Altos Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive, Los Altos.

Singer Susan Zee will present a medley of Christmas songs for the afternoon's entertainment.

Members are encouraged to bring guests and also any unwrapped toys to be donated to the Mountain View-Los Altos Community Services Agency.

For more information, call 948-3553.

Boutique to benefit

Morgan Center

A boutique to benefit the Morgan Center will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the New Leaf Restaurant, 1801 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto. A tea will be served from 2-4 p.m. today.

The Morgan Center is a non-profit organization that provides services for autistic individuals and other severe neurological disorders.

Located in Los Altos at Covington School since 1980, the center offers an educational program for pre-school and school-age children and a vocational and independent living skills program.

For more information, call 493-7600.

LAVA food drive

this weekend

The Los Altos Village Association is holding its third annual food drive this weekend to benefit needy residents served throught the Community Services Association (CSA) of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

The association, along with the Los Altos Garbage Company, is soliciting dry or canned goods. Residents are welcome to deliver goods to clearly marked garbage toters throughout the city. The garbage company will pick up the toters Monday to deliver to CSA.

For more information, call 949-5282.

Psychic to read

children's story

Psychic Annette Martin will read her story "Annie Sunshine and the White Owl of the Cedars" 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Linden Tree Children's Records and Books, 170 State St., in Los Altos.

She has just returned from Omaha, Neb. where she filmed a special for KETU Channel 7 on her workshops and medical diagnosis.

Martin practices as a psychic consultant in her Los Altos office. "I want to validate psychics so they are not thought of as gypsies or charlatans," she said.

In her career as a psychic she has worked with the medical profession and law enforcement agencies, lectured, taught for eight years in local colleges, done radio and television programs and provided counseling.

Gingerbread house

exhibited at Hillview

Sweet memories of holidays past will be represented by the Los Altos Recreation Department's Gingerbread House exhibition Dec. 11-15. Organizers invite visitors to create a cookie or gingerbread house to display at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Entries can be submitted by individuals and groups of all ages. All ingredients used in the houses must be edible, although not necessarily in edible form (such as dried pasta). For more information or an entry form, call the Recreation Department at 941-0950, ext. 305.

Public display of the houses will be in room 2 of the Hillview Community Center, beginning at 1 p.m. Dec. 11.

Kara offering

holiday service

Kara, a Palo Alto-based, grief counseling agency for children and adults, with several members from Los Altos, will be hosting a "Light a Candle" inter-faith holiday seervice 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Unity Palo Alto Community Church, 3391 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The service offers the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a deceased friend or loved one. For more information, call Kara at 321-5272.

Breakfast with Santa

tradition continues

The traditional "Breakfast With Santa" event, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, continues this year on Dec. 9 at the Los Altos Bar & Grill, 169 Main St. The event features breakfast, entertainment from children's singer Lisa Atkinson and a puppet show, and a visit from Santa Claus. Santa will offer a small gift for each child.

Tickets are $8.50 and are available at Adventure Toys (173 Main St.), Lin's Toy Cupboard (237A State St.), Young Villagers (248 Main St.), Marion Jackston (163 Main St.) and the Los Altos Recreation Department (97 Hillview Ave.). No phone reservations will be taken.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited seating is available. For more information, call 949-5282.

Widows and

Widowers Association

The Mid-Peninsula Widows and Widowers Association meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460, S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos. The MPWWA helps people begin a new lifefollowing the death of a spouse. Alkl widows and widowers of the area are invited to attend.

For more information, call 964-2612.

Senior exemptions

from utility tax

If you are a senior citizen living in the City of Los Altos, you may be eligible for exemption from the utility user taxes found on your gas, electric, telephone, cable television, and water bills.

Basic requirements for exemption require you to be age 65 or over, reside in a household where the gross annual income of all residents does not exceed $25,200 annually and not be otherwise reimbursed for the utility charges upon which the tax is based.

To apply or for more information, call the City of Los Altos Finance Department at 948-1491.

Friendly Visiting Service

seeking volunteers

Friendly Visiting Service is seeking new volunteers to make weekly one-hour visits to lonely older Los Altos residents who live alone or in care homes and who have few or no family or friends in the area.

The volunteers are needed in four Friendly Visiting Service programs. An interview and four hours of training are required.

For more information, call 329-0888.

Wildlife Rescue

offering classes

Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (WRI) will be holding classes for people interested in nursing injured animals back to health for release into the environment.

WRI will be needing a large number of volunteers in the next few months and will offer classes to those who are interested in being trained.

WRI has a speakers bureau, which is a group of urban wildlife specialists who speak to groups of all sizes and take along animals for "hands-on" demonstrations.

For more information, call Brad Milliken, president of the board of directors, at 494-2495.

Los Altos Rotaract Club

seeking new members

The Los Altos Rotaract Club, a community service group sponsored by the Los Altos Rotary Club and Rotary International, is seeking career-minded individuals between the ages of 18-35 as new members.

Through club programs, business meetings and service projects, members can develop personal and professional marketing skills.

Recently, the club has volunteered to help at local charity events.

Rotaract meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of Great Western Bank, 199 Main St., in Los Altos.

For more information, call 568-7871.

Docent training

from MROSD

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is now registering volunteers for its docent program, which provides guided hikes, walks and tours to the public throughout the year.

The program attracts adults of all ages who are interested in the preservation of open space and who would enjoy learning about the natural and human history of the midpeninsula, and sharing their knowledge with others.

For more information or a registration form, call Patty Quillin, docent coordinator, at 691-1200.

History House

needs docents

The History House Museum needs docents to volunteer one day every two months on either Wednesday or Saturday afternoons.

If you are a history buff or just want to meet people, call Mac Scripps at 968-4287.

Food Closet

needs volunteers

The Food Closet needs volunteers to help sort and carry donations, organize merchandise and hand out food bags. Volunteers may work from 9 a.m. to noon or 1:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Food Closet serves low-income families and individuals in Mountain View and Los Altos. If you are interested in volunteering, call Shirley Lowler at 964-4630.

Volunteers needed

for trail projects

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has opportunities for volunteers to help with trail and revegetation projects on its open space preserves.

Volunteer space is limited, so volunteers should call and register at least one week in advance. Training, tools and supervision are provided.

To be placed on the mailing list for volunteer projects, call 691-1200.

Host an

exchange student

Local families interested in hearing a new language, tasting another culture and seeing with their own eyes how easy it is to make new friends who will last a lifetime are invited to learn more about hosting a Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student.

All kinds of families are selected to host YFU students: married couples with or without children, single parents, as well as families with teenagers. Host families provide room, board, guidance and the experience of what everyday life is like in America.

For more information, call Eric Seid at 948-3300.

Two entrees for

the price of one

Greyhound Friends For Life presents The Entertainment '95 Book. The book is full of coupons offering two entrees for the price of one, redeemable at hundreds of local restaurants. The books are available now for $40. For more information, call Patti Simmons at 917-8581.

Sertoma Club seeks

new members

The Los Altos Sertoma Club meets every Friday at 7:15 a.m. for breakfast at the Lyons Restaurant on El Camino Real in Los Altos. The meeting consists of fellowship and speakers from all walks of life. Sertoma's primary objectives are to serve the community with emphasis on speech and hearing.

For more information, call 948-2095.

City of Los Altos

seeks volunteers

Volunteers with good clerical skills are in need with the City of Los Altos in either the fire department or building department.

Good typing skills are needed to work at the fire station on a computer data entry project. Organizational skills with special attention being paid to small details is needed to help the building department prepare completed permits for microfilming.

Both positions have flexible hours to fit the volunteer's schedule. For more information, call the volunteer coordinator at 948-1491 ext. 229.

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