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News

Effective today, library cards free again in Los Altos

Both Los Altos libraries should see a spike in use soon. After the elimination of an $80 annual card fee that had been in place since 2011, nonresidents will receive free library cards at local libraries, effective today.

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Schools

Almond fifth-graders set sail at Shoreline

Almond fifth-graders set sail at Shoreline


Courtesy of Corinne Finegan Machatzke
Fifth- graders at Almond School launched the boats they designed and built at Shoreline Lake last month.

Almond School fifth-graders boarded their handmade boats at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View last month to...

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Community

Taking it back to 'The Streets': Local filmmaker aims to revive 1970s series 'Streets of San Francisco'

Taking it back to 'The Streets': Local filmmaker aims to revive 1970s series 'Streets of San Francisco'


Courtesy of Charles Alley
Charles Alley’s filmmaking company may be based in Mountain View, but he knows all about “The Streets of San Francisco.” He’s rebooting the 1970s TV classic.

When people look for the next hit TV show, they often assume ...

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Sports

Enjoying the moment


Courtesy of Dick D’OlivA
Former Golden State Warriors trainer Dick D’Oliva, from left, wife Vi, former Warriors assistant coach Joe Roberts and wife Celia ride on a cable car in the victory parade.

Dick D’Oliva almost couldn’...

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The death knell of suburbia: A Piece of My Mind

The orchards are gone. The single-story ranch house is seen as a waste of valuable land and air space. An eight-lane freeway thunders past the bridle paths in Los Altos Hills. But nothing has signaled the death of suburbia more strongly than the ann...

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Special Sections

While competent & safe, MKC still can't catch European competitors

While competent & safe, MKC still can't catch European competitors


courtesy of Ford
The 2015 Lincoln MKC doesn’t overwhelm as far as overall performance goes, but it does offer comfortable ride quality.

Of all the auto companies with headquarters in the United States, only Ford managed to weather the great re...

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Business

Company installs EV charging stations at LAHS

Company installs EV charging stations at LAHS


Courtesy of Green Charge
Officials from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District celebrate the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations at Los Altos High last week.

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Books

People

HILDA CLAIRE FENTON

Hilda Claire Fenton, beloved wife and mom to 9, grandmother to 30 and great grandmother to 22, passed away June 20 following a long illness. She was 90.

Hilda was born Sept. 28, 1924, to Lois and Gus Farley then of Logan, W. Va. While she was still ...

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Travel

Venetian spa offers ways to de-stress

Venetian spa offers ways to de-stress


Courtesy of The VEnetian
The HydroSpa in the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian in Las Vegas offers a muscle-relaxing bath and radiant lounge chairs.

Vegas cab drivers usually ask if you won or lost as soon as you get in their vehicles. They assum...

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Stepping Out

Cast carries 'Arcadia'

Cast carries 'Arcadia'


Courtesy of Pear Avenue Theatre
“Arcadia” stars Monica Ammerman and Robert Sean Campbell.

The intimate setting of Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre proves the perfect place to stage “Arcadia,” allowing audience members to feel as though they a...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Living it up Older adults aim to age in place

Living it up Older adults aim to age in place


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Local enthusiasts flock to the Los Altos Senior Center to play bocce ball. The center hosts informal games four days a week and occasional tournaments.

As baby boomers in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View nose...

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Inside Mountain View

Carrying the torch

Carrying the torch


Members of the Mountain View Police Department carry the Special Olympics torch as they run along El Camino Real between Sunnyvale and Palo Alto June 18. Members of the department participate in the relay annually to show their support for Spec...

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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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