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Downtown green park pops up again in August

Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community devel...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand int...

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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

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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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

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


Lyn Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building in L...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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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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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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