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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Local author collaborates on guidebook on reconnecting with nature

Los Altos author Joanna Reynolds is scheduled to speak on "Exploring a Sense of Place" (Conexions, 2006), the guidebook she co-authored with Karen Harwell, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The "Exploring a Sense of Place" guidebook is designed to help people discover and reconnect with the natural world wherever they live, according to Jana Dilley, communications director for the book, who added that it contains inspiration and a list of practical tools needed to design, develop, organize and produce an Exploring a Sense of Place program for any bioregion.

The guidebook is the outgrowth of Exploring a Sense of Place, a program founded in Palo Alto in 2001, designed to help people reconnect with the San Francisquito Creek watershed. Now in its fifth year, the Exploring a Sense of Place program provides a series of readings, walks and encounters in nature designed to build a "rootedness in place and to help people reconnect to nature at the soul level," Dilley said.

"We've all heard people say they love nature," Reynolds said. "Yet we often forget what great skill humanity has in constructing a world that insulates us from actually having to experience nature. Many of us now believe that if we are to be a successful species in the long run, we need to change our ways and partner with nature. 'Exploring a Sense of Place' was written to help us start the process of becoming native to our place."

Reynolds grew up in Silicon Valley and spent many years working in education, developing curricula and facilitating courses and programs designed to inspire participation in the conscious evolution of culture. As co-director of the Exploring a Sense of Place program, Reynolds spent years honing the curriculum, contributing her extensive experience and love of the natural world.

Co-author Harwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado. She has done graduate study in philosophy, cosmology and consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, completed a six-week Earth Literacy program at Genesis Farm in New Jersey and was certified in the study of permaculture at Occidental Arts and Ecology. She lives in Palo Alto, where she has made her home into a model of sustainability and where she engages the neighborhood children in the Dana Meadows Organic Garden.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the book, visit www.exploringasenseofplace.org. For more information on the speaking engagement, call 948-7683.

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