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Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates


Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew the...

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Schools

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects

LASD committee looks to rank campus improvement projects


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s newly expanded Facilities Advisory Committee met for the first time last week. The 28-member committee’s first task is to prioritize campus improvement projects.

The Los Altos Scho...

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Community

Sports

New-look Lancers find their footing

New-look Lancers find their footing


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Jenna Adams, left, and Carly Deale attempt to bump the ball Friday night. The juniors combined for 28 kills.

This year’s St. Francis High girls volleyball team faintly resembles last season’s squad ...

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MV Whisman teachers cite low pay

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whism...

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Business

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho

Skin rejuvenation studio joins Rancho


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Esthetician Marjan Kashi showcases one of the treatment rooms at her new studio, Pure Serenity Skincare at Rancho Shopping Center. Kashi provides services including microdermabrasion and various light and heat energy the...

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Books

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation

A woman's perspective on the Greatest Generation


During World War II, Virgilia Short Witzel, a young mother and U.S. Navy officer’s wife, grappled on the home front in Menlo Park with wartime rationing, shortages and loneliness. During the ensuing Cold War, she experienced adventure and misadventur...

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People

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

JERALD (JERRY) NELSON CHRISTIANSEN

Resident of San Jose and Los Altos, California

July 21, 1931 to August 4, 2014

Born in Arimo, Idaho, to Jerald Emmett and Rebecca Henderson Nelson Christiansen. Raised in Davis and Riverside, California, with summers in Downey, Idaho, and in Loga...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

Pear puts on a pair of plays

Pear puts on a pair of plays


J. Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Dan Kapler (as Teddy) and Betsy Kruse Craig (Trish) star in Pear Avenue Theatre’s “House.”

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of two interlocking comedies by Alan Ayckbourn – “House&...

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Spiritual Life

Back to Church Sunday offers opportunity to recommit

The children in Los Altos are back to school, and I can still hear parents cheering. Summer is officially over, even if the calendar doesn’t quite think so.

Parents have attended Back to School nights to meet their children’s teachers. B...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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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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