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News

"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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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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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


Shaw

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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Donations needed for CSA's Santa Claus Exchange

As the holiday season gets in full gear, Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents are invited to help Community Services Agency bring holiday cheer to the low income families and others in the need in the community.

CSA has opened its traditional "Santa Claus Exchange" this season, for the 39th year, to offer low-income families gifts free of charge for their children this Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, the exchange made Christmas possible for more than 588 local families who were prescreened for eligibility for the program.

Along with toys, games, books and puzzles, the Santa Claus Exchange also provides food to assist families to help prepare holiday meals.

Holiday food baskets are also distributed through CSA's related "Senior Food Gift Basket Program."

There are many ways to participate, said Louise Pahl, CSA's associate director.

"People can collect and donate new or nearly new toys, or provide volunteer help for the exchange,." Pahl said.

Another way to help is to place fliers at your business advertising the exchange, or have a donation barrel at your work place for contributions. Money donations are also needed for the program, she said.

Toys and gifts for the Santa Claus Exchange and food items may be taken to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CSA will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

They may also be taken to any Mountain View or Los Altos fire station, Mountain View library and the Los Altos main library.

Cash contributions for these programs may be sent by mail to Community Services Agency, 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, 94043.

Anyone wishing to share the holiday spirit with others in the community should phone CSA's volunteer office at 964-4630 to become a holiday volunteer.

Volunteers are needed for the Santa Claus Exchange, phone answering, assisting with receiving donations, food and gift sorting, gift packing and picking up donations.

For more information, call 968-0836.

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